The Rector, Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti, Dr. Taiwo Akande, is concerned about the rate of suicide among students which, she said is being triggered by bottled up emotion.
Mrs. Akande, who spoke last Friday during the matriculation of 3,690 new students admitted into the polytechnic for the 2015/2016 academic session, advised them to always open up when passing through difficulties.
She said some students committed suicide because they couldn’t share their emotional trouble with the right people who could help them overcome their challenges.
The Rector urged the students to approach the counsellors or any other senior official in the polytechnic who are professionally trained to handle such problems rather than resorting to self-help.
Urging the students to face their primary assignment in the institution, the Rector said the school would not condone vices like cybercrime, cultism and illegal sale of bed spaces.
“The 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 tarnish the hard earned image of this institution. Anybody caught will be made to face the full weight of the law.
“It is most disturbing these days to discover that 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 he will be prosecuted as well,” she warned.
For those who excel in their academic pursuits, the Rector said they will be rewarded, to encourage others.
She advised the students to be security conscious considering the prevailing insecurity in the country.
“Be security conscious; don’t walk or read alone at night; read in group . 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 said.
The matriculation oath was administered on the students by the Polytechnic Registrar, Mrs. S.O. Adediran.