Any student or member of Staff of the Institute of Management and Technology, (IMT) Enugu, implicated in money for marks or sex for marks will be punished severely. The Rector of the Polytechnic, Professor Austin Nweze gave the warning at the 37TH Matriculation of the Institute, which marked the official induction of new students for a new academic year and end of admission.
Professor Nweze reeled out the level of discipline and commitment to academic pursuit needed from staff and the new students. He particularly warned the staff against influencing students’ marks and illegal sale of books.
“No textbook in IMT sells for more than ₦1,000.00. Management is determined to deal with any cases of case of illegal books; books paid for but not supplied; or books sold above recommended prices.
“Also, IMT frowns at the shameless practice of money for marks’ and deal ruthlessly with any member of staff implicated in it.
“Similarly, sexual harassment under any guise is illegal in our institution. Students are advised to report any occurrence of these vices to the authorities for swift and necessary action, like the OAU Professor that was sacked and now serving 6 years jail term because of sex for marks” Professor Nweze stated.
The Rector also cautioned the students against examination malpractice, involvement in cult activities and seeking unmerited marks. The rector told the new students, “you are here essentially to get your diploma and any other thing is secondary; if you are caught in exam malpractice you are going.
“Please after writing your exam please go home, don’t hover around to look for any lecturer to tempt them or whatever, your result will be released, there is nothing like sorting. If you are a woman do not succumb because of grade. If you do that you are doing that on your own volition.
“We have what we call student’s handbook, go home and read that handbook and you will learn a lot about the rules and regulations of IMT.
“There is nothing like cultism in IMT; if you are caught in any cult activity I will disown you and police will arrest you. Don’t get involved in cult activity, there is nothing to gain.
Professor Nweze used the opportunity to commend the Enugu State Government and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFUND, for their financial support, resulting in the on-going infrastructural transformation in IMT.
“The Admin block was in a terrible state, they have no roof on top, now there is a roof there; Mass Comm was in a very sorry state, Mass Comm is now wearing a new look with the floor tiled, all we are waiting now is a transmitter we will begin to hear IMT radio, IMT TV; if you go the Medical Centre, it used to be something else, now it is a different thing.
“You see the road is being tarred and it is going to be tarred up to the rector’s village and round and some of the network of roads on the campus
“The Governor of the State has been so benevolent to the Institution. Apart from the road they are constructing, they gave us ₦1.1 billion naira and that’s why if you are going to the Rector’s village, you will see so many buildings under construction.
“In addition to that TETFUND also gave us point eight one billion naira and all of them are being deployed for infrastructural development, Professor Nweze noted.
In an interview, some of the matriculated students pledged to respect the school rules and regulations as well as make their parents proud. The new students were admitted into the nine academic schools and forty academic departments in IMT.