KEYNOTE ADDRESS AT THE 2018/2019 MATRICULATION CEREMONY
December 11, 2018.
A KEYNOTE ADDRESS DELIVERED BY THE PRESIDENT,STUDENTS’ UNION GOVERNMENT FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC, OFFA , COMRADE. SAHEED MURTALA, AT THE 2018/2019 MATRICULATION CEREMONY, HELD ON TUESDAY 11TH DECEMBER, 2018.
The Rector Dr Abdul Lateef Ademola Olatunji, the Deputy Rector, the Registrar, the Deputy Registrar, Bursar, the Director of Student’s Affairs, the entire management, invited guests, ladies and gentlemen.
Appreciation goes to the Almighty, the giver of life and the Maker of all Moments. Making this day a possibility is a miracle we are ever grateful for. It’s with a heart filled with joy we celebrate this event, The 25th Matriculation ceremony of this great institution and we enjoin the matriculants to be happy and glad in it.
Of recent, our campus has witnessed a vast infrastructural transformation and we are grateful to the management for such. We must acknowledge that the present authorities have done so much, but more still needs to be done. The journey to the fedpoffa of our dreams is long and tough, but we will never shy away from toeing it together.
We vow to work hand in hand with the management to actualizing our dreams, a vibrant union working with a willing management will yield results to most of our complaints.
It is with great delight I welcome you all to the matriculation ceremony for the 2018/2019 academic session. On behalf of the entire Polytechnic students, I want to welcome our parents, guardians, friends and well-wishers who are here to share the joy of this moment with the matriculating students.
First and foremost, I congratulate all matriculating students on this occasion; more so that gaining admission into the Polytechnic is not an easy achievement.
Distinguished Ladies and gentlemen, permit me to briefly dwell on the significance of this ceremony.
Matriculation is indeed an important ceremony in the life of every tertiary institution, all over the world. It is a day set aside to consummate the process of admitting students into tertiary institution. On this occasion, fresh students are made to take oath of allegiance to constituted authority and to commit themselves to peaceful living as members of the polytechnic community.
In other words, matriculation confers on the participating candidates, full membership of the institution having fulfilled all necessary requirements. Flowing from this, every matriculated student is entitled to all rights and privileges recognised by the Polytechnic authority.
Such rights include, but not limited to: inclusion of the students in the Polytechnic register, obtaining the Polytechnic identity card, right to access information in the library, participation in students’ union activities and enjoyment of all other available teaching and learning facilities in the Polytechnic.
On the other hand, as full members of the Polytechnic community, it is part of your obligations to maintain law and order, pay your school fees and other levies, protect the Polytechnic properties, respect the rights of your fellow students, report any criminal activities to the Polytechnic authority, keep your hostel and lecture rooms clean, read the students handbooks, among others.
Let me also seize this opportunity to enjoin you to shun all forms of social vices such as cultism, sexual misbehaviour, indecent dressing, examination malpractices, thuggery, fraudulent acts and other nefarious activities which can mar your bright future.
it is my hope that you will allow all these obligations guide your conduct throughout your stay in the Polytechnic.
I would like to admonish all matriculating students, to avoid all forms of violent fighting on campus. Violence needless to say is pernicious. It brings nothing but destruction or annihilation.
our stand on violent fighting is unequivocal- outright dismissal from the Polytechnic. Rather than resorting to violence, there are different loci of authorities you can explore to resolve any disagreement or dispute amicably.
Finally, I wish to re-emphasise the need for you all to take your studies very seriously.
I therefore look forward to the successful completion of your different programmes within the record time.
Ladies and gentlemen, I want to thank you all for coming. I also once again congratulate all the matriculating students and wish them success in the years ahead.
LONG LIVE THE STUDENTS’ UNION GOVERNMENT!
LONG LIVE THE FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC OFFA!
LONG LIVE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA
Signed By: Students Union P.R.O