UNILAG matriculates 6,644, lifts SUG ban

The University of Lagos on Friday held its matriculation ceremony
for the 2014/2015 session, in which 6,644 freshmen were welcomed to the
institution.

At the ceremony, which took place at the university’s multi-purpose
hall, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahman Bello, noted that the students
were selected from an initial number of 51,931 UTME and 4,316 Direct
Entry applicants.

He noted that a total of 8,601 were offered provisional admission before the number was slashed to the present figure.

In all, 662 students matriculated in the Faculty of Arts, 1,002 in
Business Administration, 907 in Education, 675 in Engineering, 368 in
Environmental Sciences, 465 in Law, 1,089 in Science, 879 in Social
Sciences, 179 in Pharmacy, and 418 in the College of Medicine.

Bello congratulated the students on making it through the screening
process, urging them to strive for excellence throughout their stay in
the citadel of learning.

He said, “I congratulate you all and through you, your parents, on
being lucky to make it through the selection process through, with which
you have become undergraduates of the highly prestigious University of
Lagos.

“There are only 6,644 of you, representing about 10 per cent of the
total number of applicants who have fully scaled the registration
procedure and who from this day have become bonafide students of the
University of Lagos.

“Gaining admission into the over 50-year-old UNILAG is not only
noble but also glorious. It the first step of the journey that would
determine your future. It requires determination, diligence, focus and
resilience.

“I wish to encourage you all to work hard and distinguish yourselves
in your academics. I urge you to aspire to be a UNILAG scholar.”

Meanwhile, the VC announced that the 10-year ban on student unionism
had been lifted, adding that elections would soon commence to choose
student representatives.

Bello noted that the lifting of the ban became imperative after it
became apparent that students had learnt from the violence that led to
the ban in 2005.

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