Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cross River State (UNICROSS) formerly Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH), Prof. Augustine Oko Angba has said education is a choice, stressing that nobody forces anybody to learn if the person was not willing or stop him if he was determined.
He made the remark on Wednesday during the 19th Matriculation Ceremony of six thousand two hundred students as the 5th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University at its main campus in Calabar.
Angba informed the matriculating students that as they begin their journey as full citizens of UNICROSS, it was necessary for them to understand that education was a choice and that nobody could force anybody to learn or stop anybody who was determined to learn.
He said “ today’s ceremony is not just for wearing the academic gown. It is not an event to showcase your victory over JAMB. It is an initiation into the Ivory Tower, a place where your intellect is honoured; a place where erstwhile unquestioned ideas are turned into intellectual quests; a place where ignorance is replaced with knowledge; a place where you are to grow into a man and woman of impeccable character for the purpose of enhancing humanity”
He charged the students to be of good character during the period of study. Hear him “reject any activity – cult, yahoo-yahoo, and other unlawful associations that will take you out of your dreams. Refuse to listen to those (staff and students) who propagate the idea that you can only have good grades through sorting. This is not true and the University condemns sorting completely and in strong terms.
Professor Angba also noted that the University frowns at the destruction of the University’s property by students and condemns all forms of social vices while rewarding well-behaved students.
He admonished the students and parents to build a legacy that will stand the taste of time.