Rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti, Dr. Taiwo Akande, has said any student caught participating in cultism and other fraudulent related cases while on campus would be prosecuted and sent to jail.
He gave the warning at the oath taking ceremony of 3, 690 matriculating students of the institution for the 2015/2016 academic session.
Dr. Akande said the school would no longer condone any act of illegality, including cybercrime, cultism and illegal sale of bed spaces by students.
She advised the students against taking steps that could alter the academic calendar, reminding them that doing so may prolong their stay in the institution and affect their lives collectively.
According to her, the institution has made it compulsory, that passing all entrepreneurship courses is a prerequisite for graduation in the institution, adding that this was conceived to widen the scope of the students to be able to cope under the present economic situation.
“Management has put in place a vigilant security network to closely monitor students and sniff out the bad eggs. Such unscrupulous elements will not be allowed to dent or tarnish the hard earned image of this institution. Anybody caught will be made to face the full weight of the law”.
Speaking on accommodation fraud by students, the Rector said: “it is most disturbing these days to discover that many students sell their bed spaces at exorbitant amounts to fellow students after being allocated bed spaces in the hostel.
“If detected, such students would be not only be rusticated but prosecuted as well”, Akande warned.
She noted that any student that excels in his academic career will be rewarded, to serve as impetus to others and reinforce the culture of academic excellence the institution was noted for.
Akande, who lamented poor electricity supply to the institution, said the polytechnic will continue to resort to internal arrangement through generating set to ensure that students are not compelled to study under darkness.
The Rector advised the students to be security conscious, considering the prevailing insecurity in the country.
“Be security conscious. Don’t walk at night. Don’t walk or read alone at night. Read in groups. If anybody gives you unsolicited money or gifts, ask questions, because this might be a ploy to lure you into cultism. Don’t truncate your future or give your parents everlasting sorrow by your conducts”, she advised.

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