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VC cautions against cultism as FUPRE maltriculates 1, 263 students


Professor Akaehome Akii Ibhadode

The Vice Chancellor of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources (FUPRE), Prof. Akii Ibhadode, has urged the new students to shun cultism.

He spoke at the weekend in Effurun, Delta State during the matriculation of 1, 263 new students of the university.

The vice chancellor, who was represented by Prof. C. Ajunwa at the institution’s11th enrolment, urged the new students to aim for high academic standard and clear visions.


Ibhadode also implored them to avoid pitfalls as examination malpractice, academic fraud, indiscipline, fighting, sexual harassment and other social vices in the society.

He said: “Today, we are matriculating 1, 263 students and are elated to welcome you all to the FUPRE family. However, you must remember that this is the starting point of your journey to academic success, or failure as the case may be.

“By your choice of the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Effurun, you have joined a citadel of learning that has a great reputation to guarantee you a bright future.”

He added that the school’s matriculation was a solemn reminder that FUPRE has come of age as the first petroleum university in Africa, and the sixth in the world.

Ibhadode disclosed that the Federal Government established the institution in March 2007 to build professionals in specialised areas.

He said the school was established to produce skilled high level manpower and relevant expertise to drive the oil and gas sector in Nigeria and across the globe.

The VC added that since the unfolding of the school’s mandate, the vision had been to be the premiere international institution of choice with state-of-the-art facilities.

According to him, the varsity provides the petroleum and allied sectors with world-class education, research, consultancy and community service.

Also included in the school’s focus are petroleum engineering and technology, as well as other allied sectors of the Nigerian economy.

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