A host of University academics and erudite scholars have admonished the newly admitted students of the institution on how to have a successful transition in the University environment in the course of their academic pursuit as well as embracing campus culture.
In his remarks while delivering his lecture on “The role of Student Affairs Department in the University”, the Dean of Student Affairs, Engr. Prof. Chinonso Achebe referred to his position as that of the number one student of the institution. Prof. Achebe stated that the vision of the Department is to build a functional and student-friendly atmosphere in line with the University motto of Discipline, Self-reliance and Excellence. The Professor of Mechanical Engineering harped on the importance of the General Academic Regulations which is essential in defining the conduct of a student from the point of entry in the University to graduation. The scholar emphasized that the Department is poised towards attending to their needs at every point in time.
The Wife of the Vice-Chancellor and Mother of the institution, Dr. Mrs Chinyere Esimone in her lecture on ‘Relationship Issues: Challenges and Management among undergraduates’ posited that God created man and woman from the foundation of the world to represent him on earth and carry out his perfect plan, which in all ramifications is for the good of man. Drawing inspiration from the scriptures in Genesis 1: 26-28 and Genesis 2:18, The scholar stated that the creation of man and woman is for sanctity, purity and praise to His Holy name. She harped on the benefits in relationships, challenges in relations, pitfalls to avoid and relationship issues, the way out. Dr. Esimone admonished students to form a reading group in the course of their study in order to enhance their academic competence and have a successful academic dynamics. She urged students to shun all forms of immorality as marriage is the only institution that is ordained by God for all forms of romantic relationship between a man and a woman.
Also speaking the Director, School of General Studies (GS), Prof. B.A.C Obiefuna stated that the essence of setting up the school is to offer the students the opportunity to acquire knowledge of other areas of study than their own especially in the age of interdisciplinary studies. Prof. Obiefuna emphasized that although the Unit is aware that some students of the institution are not of Igbo extraction as Igbo is a GST Course which is compulsory, the GS Unit has made special provision for such students. While delivering her lecture on Psychologist’s View of Substance Use and Abuse, the former Dean of Social Sciences, Prof. Rita Ugokwe-Joseph emphasized that Psychologists in survey of human behaviour have come to discover behaviours related to substance use disorders, the scholar described substance use as a range of problems associated with using and abusing drugs that people take in order to alter the undesirable way of individual feels. She described drug abuse as stop on the social vices’ list that can destroy the future of any student. She posited that it is the role of the school to develop a drug awareness program and realistic prevention efforts that will benefit the entire community
On Dress Code for students, the Chair, University Dress Code Committee, Dr. Loyce Onyali described the students as ambassadors of Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka and therefore should ensure they dress properly, shun indecent dressing and endeavour to wear the right clothes for the occasion. She harped on the different dress codes also stating that the University proposes University apparel for Wednesdays and cultural attire for Fridays. She intimated the students that a Dress Code Committee initiated and sponsored Bill boards on Dress Code in the University’s main campus towards achieving proper dressing advocated in the University.