Lagos - Authorities of the Yaba
College of Technology (Yabatech) in Lagos on Wednesday warned
students against participating in cultism, gangsterism and other vices
that could endanger their careers on campus.
The Director of the Public Relations Unite of the college,
Mr Charles Oni, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of
Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Oni said the college would no longer tolerate acts of
indiscipline from students on campus.
He advised students to focus their attention on their
studies, which he said was the primary reason for their stay in the college.
"We have zero tolerance for cultism and gangsterism and
other negative conducts on our campus; everybody is now being closely watched.
"Our certificate is issue based on intellectualism; we
want the college to continue to produce graduates who will make the college
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The director attributed students joining bad companies to a
lack of parental control, monitoring and love.
"Most parents have abandoned the training of their
children to schools, churches and mosques.
"Many students have gone astray because their parents and
guardians have failed in their role."
Oni said that lecturers in the college had been saddled with
the responsibilities of educating and mentoring students on morals.
"The lecturers have now imbibed the role of being
parents to their students rather than just being teachers.
"And with their role as both lecturers and parents, they
will be able to transform their students to better persons,’’ he said.
Oni said that the college authorities were also doing
everything possible to beef-up security on the campus.
"We have patrol vehicles going round the campus 24
hours everyday to ensure safety on the campus."
Oni recalled that some students of the college were
rusticated last August for indulging in cult activities after they were found
He said that following the incident, the authorities had
organised various orientation courses for both fresh and returning students to
forestall a re-occurrence.
"Now, once any student is caught or suspected, such
student will first be withdrawn from the hostel," he stated.
Oni urged parents and guardians not to neglect or abandon
their children in tertiary institutions under the assumption that they were
matured enough to take care of themselves.