Kogi Poly matriculates 4,349 students, emphasises zero tolerance for cultism, indecent dressing

For the 2024–2025 academic year, 4,349 students have been admitted in the Kogi State Polytechnic’s National Diploma (ND) and Higher National Diploma (HND) programmes.

This was announced during the 31st Matriculation Ceremony, which took place on Tuesday at the Polytechnic’s Matriculation Ground, by Salisu Ogbo Usman, the Rector of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja.

The Rector reports that 1,225 students have been accepted into the HND programmes and 3,124 students have been admitted into the ND programme which are spread across the polytechnic’s departments and schools. 

The students were admitted into departments in the schools of agricultural technology, applied sciences, art design and printing, engineering, environmental technology, and management studies.

Ogbo described Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja, as a student-centered institution with a mission to build an environment conducive to both group and independent learning experiences.

He expressed confidence that the students would play a significant role in achieving this goal.

“We are desirous of training students that will represent the pride and good image of the institution. We are confident that you will play a significant role in attaining that goal.

“We will continue to work towards making the Polytechnic environment more user-friendly and ensuring your personal growth and development. We shall also continue to ensure that our graduates are responsible citizens who will contribute to the development of our dear Kogi State and Nigeria at large.”

In the spirit of collectivity and peaceful cohabitation on campus, the Rector reaffirmed that the prohibition on all tribal Associations remains in effect until further notice.

Social vices like cultism, gunrunning, exam malpractice, drug and alcohol abuse, unhealthy social gatherings, cybercrimes, incitement to violence, gangsterism, misuse and destruction of public property, stealing, and indecent dressing are all unacceptable at the polytechnic, according to Ogbo.

In order to avoid legal repercussions, he cautioned students to abstain from these vices.

“Let me particularly emphasise cultism, which is completely forbidden on our campus. You are, therefore, warned to desist from any form of luring cultist-related activities. It may interest you to know that we have specifically put in place all visible and invisible security architectures in strategic places to deal with cultists, their sympathisers, and sponsors.

“You are, therefore, advised to stay free of all cult-related lifestyles. You are also advised to report any move intended to intimidate and lure you into or enlist you into cultism.”

“Any breach will attract an appropriate penalty, including outright expulsion and prosecution. The Students’ Information Handbook that will be distributed to you through your respective departments will guide you on the dos and don’ts of the Polytechnic. Ignorance of the law has no place in the Polytechnic and will not be condoned.”