University of Maiduguri, Borno State may be located in the heart of insurgency in the North East, but the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Mohammed Mala Daura says the insurgency does not take the shine away from the institution.
Daura, while administering the matriculation oath on new students of the institution at a ceremony last week, backed up the popularity theory by pointing at the 5,333 students, which the school has just offered places to read different courses.
He warned the matriculants to desist from engaging in cultism, drug abuse, violent demonstrations and sundry anti-social behaviours that were capable of tarnishing the image of the varsity.
“Let me remind all of you here today for this special occasion to take your oaths as sacrosanct. You should also adhere strictly to it as it promotes the basis for civilised university life without any fear or favour.
“You are joining a reputable citadel of learning and you must therefore act in a manner consistent with continued maintenance of peace and stability in the system. I hope that you will not be found wanting in this regard,” the vice chancellor stated.
The vice chancellor specifically charged them to eschew acts that were capable of breaching the peace on campus.
He informed that, “To prevent extreme tendencies due to the trauma occasioned by insurgency, a counseling centre has been set up within the hostels to ensure that students were able to discuss issues that affects their psychology and studies.”
Daura also assured that the Student Affairs Department in conjunction with trauma centres within the hostels, would soon organise an orientation programme for the freshmen.