Yaba College of Technology, Lagos State, on Wednesday, matriculated 13,741 National Diploma and Higher National Diploma students for the 2021/2022 academic session.
The Rector of the institution, Mr Obafemi Omokungbe, announced the figure at its 2021/2022 matriculation ceremony of the institution.
Omokungbe said that the number comprised both full-time and part-time students.
He said 20,019 candidates applied for admission into the college’s Full and Part Time programs, 4,008 were offered admission into National Diploma Full Time Programme
The rector also said 2,563 candidates were given admission into the college’s HND (Full-Time) programme, adding that Yabatech offered admission to a total of 7,170 candidates for both ND/HND (Part-Time) programmes.
“The matriculation is of utmost importance; the matriculation oath signifies that you accept to abide by all the rules and regulations governing the conduct of students in the college.
“You must shun all forms of anti-social activities such as cultism, drug abuse, examination malpractice, sexual misbehaviour and other unruly behaviours.
“You must at all times ensure that you abide by this oath. You will be introduced to various structures, systems, rules and regulations in the college during the orientation programme for new students,” the rector said.
He said that students who violate the rules of the college would be penalised as stipulated by the law.
The rector said the students must record 75 per cent lecture attendance to qualify to write examinations.
“You are, therefore, advised to attend lectures regularly to qualify to write examinations,” he said.
Omokungbe said that the management of the college has refurbished student’s hostels and equipped them with adequate furniture to ensure students’ comfort during their stay in the hostels
He added that the student union in the college is in place to work hand in hand with the management to ensure peace and orderliness while ensuring the welfare of students.
“I implore you to be diligent, hardworking and focused on your academics. Most importantly, you must refrain from all forms of examination misconduct.
“You must imbibe the culture of discipline in academics to excel in your career. Shun all forms of distraction and take your studies very serious”.
“You must also refrain from acts that may tarnish your image, the image of your family and that of the college.
“The College has a high reputation of zero tolerance for all forms of indecent dressing,“ he said.
The Rector also advised the new students to be security conscious of their environment, especially with the unprecedented rise in the level of insecurity ranging from kidnapping, ritual murder and banditry.
“Security is everyone’s business, therefore we must work hand in hand to ensure a secured environment. You must report to the college security unit if you observe or notice strange movement within the College. As management is working closely with relevant security agencies to ensure safety on the two campuses of the college”.
The newly admitted B.Sc (Ed)students of the School of Technical Education, an affiliate of University of Nsukka also took the matriculation oath. To administer the oath to the students was the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Charles Iqwe ably represented by Prof E. A.O Anaele, Dean of Faculty of Vocational and Technical Education and Acting Registrar, Barr. Anselem Onah.