…Gregory University awards scholarship to 2 highest scorers in 2019 UTME***
Security has been beefed up at The Polytechnic, Ibadan, following recent violence at the state-owned institution which led to its closure.
There is a report that long queues were on Tuesday sighted at the entrance of the institution while staff and students were told to produce their identity cards before entering the premises.
Alhaji Soladoye Adewole, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, who spoke on the development, confirmed that new security measures had been put in place.
“It is not only students that gain access into the school with Identity cards, it also includes staff as well. This is to ensure sanity and protection of staff and students.
“There is no student who does not have a means of identification, either the institution’s ID card or Faculty/Departmental ID card.
“The management did this to ensure that only bonafide students are on campus.
“It has also tightened security to forestall activties of hoodlums causing chaos in the institution,” he said.
Some of the students while speaking withthe newsmen expressed mixed feelings over the new security measures introduced by the school’s management.
A student in the Department of Computer Engineering said the school’s management should do something about the volatile system, adding that those promoting violence were known.
“The situation is really bad, we have paid for identity card but we freshers are yet to be given and they are requesting ID card to enter the school.
“The second thing is that the management knows the people causing trouble; a girl was denied access into the school now because she could not provide ID card, this is getting out of hand and something needs to be done because not every student has been issued ID card,” he said.
Another student , who is in the Department of Accounting and who simply identified herself as Olukorede, praised the efforts of the school management for the security measures taken..
“To enter the school you must provide school identity card or you show your school fees receipt or any other document like course form which has your passport photograph.
“This started since last week after the parents and teachers meeting held to find solution to incessant violence in the school.
“This is good because it will prevent people from outside entering the school since they know that there are check points,” she said.
Olanrewaju Hussein, an ND l student in the Department of Quantity Surveying, commended the institution for ensuring that everybody was identified before gaining entrance into the school.
In the meantime, the Gregory University Uturu, Okigwe, Abia, says the institution has awarded scholarship to two young lads who got the highest scores in the 2019 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).
Chief Gregory Ibe, the Chancellor of the university, announced this in an interview with the newsmen, in Aba on Tuesday.
A report says that Master Ekene Franklin 15, from Imo and Master Emmanuel Chidiebube 16, from Abia scored the highest and second highest with 347 and 346 respectively in the examination.
However, the Joint Admissions and Matriculations Board, JAMB, Registrar, Prof. Ishaq Oloyede said that Franklin would not be offered admission for being under-aged.
“I have already granted them scholarship by directing my management to go ahead and admit them as soon as their families bring them because what we are modestly doing in our university is to promote excellence.
“And the way we look at things is that there are different levels and types of intelligence.
“You call it gift to a driver who drives for many years without accident.
“There are gifted people with intelligence that can dance and there are those gifted with intelligence to be outspoken persons and there are people that excel in what their peers don’t excel in.
“That is the intelligence we unravel, because today assumed or forced intelligence has always brought backwardness so students go to school and come out but they are unable to find their talent.
“So whenever I see a child with intelligence, I will just promote that,” Ibe said.
The Chancellor said that he had been sponsoring the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Science Expo singlehandedly for 15 years, with the aim of fishing out eggheads and talents for Nigeria.
According to him, he awards scholarships to students every year in Science and Engineering courses to develop best talents in the country.
He said that JAMB was unfair to have collected Franklin’s examination registration fee which established a contract with the body only to deny him admission even when he showed high level of intelligence.
“And then I said come on, are we not looking for these bright children? If nobody helped these bright children it means there is no hope for other younger brighter children in this age of computer in Nigeria.
“They reviewed their result and knew he was 15years, they should not have taken his money, knowing they will deny him admission because of age.
“There are no such rules guiding a private university seeking to promote knowledge at its best; they are not in the rules the NUC gave me.
“For the federal universities, those draconian rules they documented in the Act of these universities, it is high time they abrogated them,” he said.
He noted that checks on Google would show that a nine year old boy had been given BSC in Mathematics and a 15 year old had been given a Ph.D in the U.S.
“And then I make mention of my own children, two young boys who the Mayor of Bloomberg, New York celebrated for their being exceptional.
“Both of them graduated from medical school before 22 and went to train as specialists in orthopedic surgery and cardiology and they are now practising in Yale and St. Mary, Connecticut.
“So, I don’t see why I should neglect some other children in this country in that order, which was why I awarded them the scholarship.
“I should have extended it to the third child but I restrained myself so that nobody would say that I want to play to the gallery,” he said.
Ibe said Nigeria needed to review its educational policies in order to benefit every Nigerian with the desire to be educated.
He expressed hope that the National Council on Education would address these issues and change obnoxious rules to ensure flow with the tide in the current artificial intelligence age.