FUTO Matriculates 5,851 Students for 2020/2021 Session

Federal University of Technology (FUTO) Matriculates Five Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty One (5,851) Newly Admitted Students for the 2020/2021 Academic Session.

The management of the Federal University of Technology (FUTO) on 8th October, 2021 administered the matriculation oath to over 5,000 students who were newly admitted into the institution for the 2020/2021 academic session.

8th October 2021 ushered in a great moment for the freshers in FUTO as the Management led by the Vice-Chancellor (VC), Prof. Mrs. Nnenna N. Oti graciously matriculated 5,851 intakes.

The matriculants, who were looking so colourful in their gowns and equally led the procession that heralded the Matriculation, were obviously very delighted to see the first female VC addressing their presence.

In her address, the ever-cheerful 8th Substantive VC, Prof. Oti notified the freshers that they were special breeds to had secured admission into the "foremost University of Technology" to pursue their respective dreams.

She told the freshers that they made the right choice in choosing FUTO, hence congratulated them in a very special way.

According her, the products of FUTO had since inception been known for excellence, as it could be attested to by various captains of industries in different quarters across the global community, hence urged the matriculants to sustain the tempo.

The boss advised each of the new students to endeavour to have a mentor, as she equally asked them to get hold of a copy of the University Handbook, to keep them on the right track. She strongly harped on the need to acquire the right skills to aptly shape them towards their academic pursuits.

On the other hand, she advised them to steer clear of any form of social vices, saying the penalty for such offence remained expulsion or rustication, as the case may be, thus enjoined them to be very mindful of their studies as long as their programmes last on the campus.

The VC, Prof. Oti further commended the parents and guardians for the sacrifices they had made thus far to ensure their children/wards attain to such height, therefore assured them of conducive and adequate learning environment.

The highlight of the matriculation was the declaration of the VC, indicating formal induction of the freshers into the membership of the revered University, which was followed with various cheering accolades from fans, families and well-wishers of the students.

The official declaration was done for each of the ten schools in the University in the presence of their Deans, in their alphabetical order, namely: the School of Agriculture & Agricultural Technology (SAAT), School of Basic Medical Sciences (SBMS) and College of Medicine & Health Sciences, School of Information & Communications Technology (SICT), School of Engineering & Engineering Technology (SEET), School of Logistics & Innovation Technology (SLIT), School of Biological Sciences (SOBS), School of Environmental Sciences (SOES), School of Health Technology (SOHT), School of Physical Sciences (SOPS), as well as the School of Electrical Systems Engineering Technology (SESET).

It's noteworthy that the matriculation ceremony was preceded by a meeting of the Parents Management Forum (PMF) in which the VC, Prof. Nnenna Oti interacted with the parents of the students who were physically present.

In her address at the interactive session, the VC who was filled with praises, reminded the parents that students "do not pay tuition fees in Federal Universities in Nigeria", stating they only pay a token amount for "municipal services" rendered to them on the campus.

She disclosed her administration's determination to restore financial autonomy of the PMF by ensuring it was henceforth kept under the auspices of the Parents and Guardians, as she announced that the Chairman and other critical executive members of the forum would - under her reign - be given to the parents, not staff of the University as it had usually been the case.

She further enjoined the parents/guardians to ensure that they check-up on their wards on a regular basis towards ascertaining their wellbeing and academic performances.

Earlier at the meeting, the Chairman of the PMF, Engr. Prof. G. I. Nwandikom who is incidentally the incumbent Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC) on Academics, assured the parents and guardians that their wards were under a good care as far as the University Management was concerned.

Prof. Nwandikom used the opportunity to inform the members of the PMF that the first female VC of the University had "taken off with speed" and was so determined to succeed at all cost.

Hence, he told them that all the VC needed was the candid cooperation of the parents and guardians.
The parents who aired their views at the meeting testified that FUTO had indeed written her name in gold, hence prayed their children would graduate in flying colours to represent the University in the wider society.

One of them who stated she came from Calabar in Cross River State, informed the gathering that all her colleagues at her workplace, particularly engineers, were FUTO graduates and were all doing very well.
Both the PMF and matriculation ceremonies - which saw the presence of the Management Staff, Deans, Directors and Heads of Departments - were spiced up by renditions from the FUTO Choral Group and the students' Man O' War of the University.