The University of Abuja has matriculated a total of 3,900 fresh students into the nine faculties and the College of Health Sciences of the University.
Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Michael U. Adikwu, on the occasion, at the weekend, charged the students to seize the opportunity provided by the academic environment to prepare themselves for the task of nation building.
He said that Nigeria was passing through some hard times which included the incidents of youth unemployment and therefore urged them to rise to the challenge by being creative from day one in the university so that they can fend for themselves on graduation.
Professor Adikwu stressed the need for self-discipline which was necessary for serious academic pursuit and urged them to shun vices such as cultism, examination malpractices, truancy, and extremism in whatever guise.
The vice chancellor said that the entire education system in the country was facing serious challenges which can only be overcome if all stake holders committed themselves to discharging their roles in the best way they can.
Professor Adikwu said the university authorities were doing everything possible to make their stay in the academic community worthwhile adding that measures had been put in place to provide new and upgrade more facilities to ease the hardship of students on the campuses.
He appealed to the students to cooperate with the officials of the university as the system was going through the process of rebuilding and repositioning. “The doors of the university will continue to remain open for any genuine complaints or grievances on welfare or academic matters”, he added.