By Miftaudeen Raji, Lagos
Dr Abigail Ndisika Ogwezzy, the Head of Department of Mass Communication, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Tuesday warned to all students of the department, especially the 100 level students, against any act of misconducts.
She gave the warning at the commencement of the new 2014/2015 session on Monday.
The HOD, while addressing students at this year’s Orientation Day, organised by the Mass Communication Students Association (MSCA) of the university, harped on the need to handle facilities in the department with care and diligence.
She described the admission of the 100 Level undergraduates as a privilege and rare opportunity to study in the department.
Ogwezzy warned against what she described as a “dangerous trend” going on in the university environment.
“There is a dangerous trend going on now, where people seek for money to help students manipulate things.
“You should desist from this. Do not fall into their hands. They are fraudsters.
“They will come and meet you. Do not mind them. You all have equal access to your lecturers.
“Our offices are open for you, feel free to come to us and explain your problems,” the Associate professor of Mass Communication said.
She, however, urged students to explore all avenues at maximising their time while in the university system.
Ogwezzy, who is an `African Communication System’ lecturer, implored the students to exhibit the highest level of discipline, perseverance and have zero tolerance for misconducts.
“Ensure you make good use of your time on things that are productive and avoid procrastination. If you procrastinate, you will blame yourself at the end of the day.
“One thing is that you now have all the freedom, if you are not careful, you will lose your focus. So you should take your study very seriously, Ogwezzy said.
Notable guest speakers, who spoke at the event include Mr Lekan Otufodunrin, the online Editor of The Nation newspaper, Mr Adedeji Ajayi, Head of Output, TV Continental Nigeria, and the best graduating student of the outgoing set in the department, Mr. Godwin Iretomiwa.
The speakers in their presentations, advised students to make diligence, positive mindset, self-esteem, objectivity, good character, God’s consciousness and time management as the building blocks of their academic sojourn in the institution.