By Mohammed Alih, Zaria
The Nigerian Institute of Leather and Science Technology (NILEST), Zaria, on Saturday matriculates 2,000 students.
Dr Eucharia Ngozi-Oparah, Acting Director-General and Chief Executive Officer, NILEST, made the disclosure at the 2018/2019 matriculation ceremony held at the institute in Samaru, Zaria, Kaduna State.
She therefore, called on the matriculating students to be law abiding, obedience and respect the religion belief of one another
She said the call became imperative in view of the importance of tolerance and respect for each other’s beliefs, rights, ideologies, privileges, backgrounds and tribes.
According to her, “As you become members of NILEST community, you are privileged to feel free owing to the fact that by tradition, we are a democratic institution.
“However, you must respect the rights and privileges of other members of the community, because institute freedom must not mean encroachment on the rights of others.
“Therefore, you must tolerate people who do not share the same belief, background, tribe or religious ideology with you.”
She explained that sticking to such principles was the only way to foster harmonious and peaceful coexistence in a cosmopolitan environment of NILEST campus.
She cautioned the students against engaging in cultism, drugs abuse, alcoholism, examination malpractice and all other sorts of social vices to pave way for smooth academic success.
The acting D-G identified examination malpractice as the shortage route to expulsion from the institute, adding that offenders must not be allowed to go unpunished.
“Such a person must be prosecuted according to the laws of the land, our goal is to make NILEST a model zero examination malpractice institution, indeed, you owe a duty to make this goal realisable.
“Above all, you must beware of bad influences of people both within and outside the institute; you must also dress decently and seek guidance from the Dean or Students’ Affairs Officer, your lecturers, hall administrator and guidance and counselor.
“Remember, you are in this institute for the purpose of learning and your duty is to brace up and excel in your studies to become useful citizens of Nigeria.
“You must also know that lecturers and all those that help to run the institute are genuinely concerned about your well-being,” she noted.” She said
She enjoined students to be determined toward making their stay in NILEST as profitable as possible.
While reminding the students that the main purpose of coming to the institute was to seek knowledge, she urged them to channel their energies in the right direction to maximally reap the benefits of their stay in the institute.
She proudly stated that the institute which was established 50 years ago remained the only one of its kind in the West African sub-region.
“You are therefore on this occasion, matriculated into a unique institution, and it is my hope that you are determined to be unique individuals as a result of the special training that will be given to you in NILEST.” She added.