By Yemisi Ajayi, Ibadan
No fewer than 3, 514 candidates were on Friday matriculated out of the 53, 513 admission seekers who choose the University of Ibadan as their first choice university in the 2017/2018 academic session admission exercise.
The figure also includes 446 direct entry candidates who emerged out of the 2,659 direct entry applicants for admission into the university.
The summary of the newly admitted candidates to the various faculties in the institution according to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Idowu Olayinka is, Agriculture (241), Arts (620), College of Medicine (581) and Education (691).
Others are Law (165), Renewable and Natural Resources (178), Science (631), Technology (376), The Social Sciences (378) and veterinary Medicine (99).
With the new admission, the VC said the success rate for admission in the institution currently stands at 6.6 percent for UTME students while that of the direct entry admission stands at 16.8 percent.
Delivering his matriculation address at an event at the International Conference Centre, the VC reiterated that with the “very high quality of our intakes on account of the rigorous and transparent admission process. It is much easier for the camel to pass through the eye of the needle than for a UTME applicant to secure admission into this institution. We make bold to state here that our admission is easily the most competitive among all the universities in the Nigerian University system.”
Assuring the students that the school will not relent in its efforts to provide and improve on the existing facilities to ensure a conducive environment for teaching and learning, Prof. Olayinka pointed out that virtues such as intelligence, innovation, creativity, academic focus, sustained robust health, obedience to constituted authourities, regular and punctual attendance at lectures, religious to tolerance and writing all continuous assessment tests are some of the requisites students desirous of earning the institution degree must possess.
He warned the students not to engage in any form of cooking in their rooms or use boiling rings and that the use of hot plate, gas cooker will not be tolerated in the halls adding that anyone found flouting this rule will be queried and arraigned before the Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC).
He urged the students to shun the use of drugs with particular reference to the codeine in cough syrup, tramadol, rohypnol, ecstacy and various mixtures of cannabis stressing that the dangers associated with the use of drugs are numerous.
He said, “Academic performances suffers greatly from the use of these drugs and graduating with a decent grade may be incompatible with regular drug use. A student might find himself or herself sleeping through lecture periods while under the influence of the drugs or unable to report for examination as well.
“These drugs have direct toxic effect on the brain causing reversible (sometimes irreversible) damage to the brain which may manifest as seizures in a previously non epileptic young person. The assault on the brain may also cause a young person to become suddenly psychotic manifesting by seeing and talking to unseen people and behaving abnormally. Other organs of the body also take a hit from the drugs especially the liver and kidney.”
“The University in collaboration with other organization including National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has put in place a programme to assist students with substance abuse issue
He added that to ease the problem of accommodation of students on campus, the management has adopted the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) initiative on a Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT) arrangement, noting that while some companies are being expected to commence building, some hostel projects were recently commissioned.
In his matriculation lecture, the Chief Executive Officer of Stanbic IBTC, Dr. Demola Sogunle challenged the newly entrants to have sharp focus, be hard working, and be passionate about success.
Dr. Sogunle, a First Class alumnus of the university urged the students to manage their times efficiently and avoid distractions, stressing that the world respects the best and the outstanding.
The event was witnessed by the university principal officers as well as parents, guardians, old students and friends of the newly admitted students among others.