Mr Wole Alawode, the Head of Department (HOD), Mass Communication, Federal Polytechnic, Offa, on Friday advised newly admitted students in the department to strive toward academic excellence for their future benefit.
Alawode gave the advice during an orientation programme organised for the students at the institution in Offa, Offa Local Government Area of Kwara.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that two students of the department – Anifowose Gbemisola and Nbwagwu Oluwatosin in ND1 and ND11, respectively received awards for outstanding performances.
Alawode said the department was known for maintaining academic excellence, urging the new students to uphold the spirit toward writing their name in gold.
The HOD charged the students to set their targets toward attaining higher grades, saying “you should not allow your social activities affect your academic performances”.
He commended the awardees for imbibing high academic standard and enjoined them to maintain the tempo.
“You would be surprised to see a female student that fixed eye lashes and nails as best student.
“It shows her social lifestyle does not affect her academic affairs.
“This is a big challenge to others to be more serious.
“If a distinction is never your target, that is the beginning of failure and your position here in school determines what your tomorrow would look like.
“Mass Communication department is known for academic excellence in the history of Federal Polytechnic Offa and we will not relent in order to achieve more,” Alawode added.
Mr Solomon Adetunji, the institution’s Mass Communication Department Part Time Coordinator, enjoined the students to take their studies with utmost priority.
“To achieve success in academic pursuit, it requires God and effort.
“So, take your studentship as priority because once your ‘GP’ is marred, your studentship is at stake,” he said.
Contributing, Mr Rotimi Adegboyega, the Mass Communication Students’ Adviser, and Mr Zakariyah Imran, also advised the students to feel free in expressing their problems and challenges with relevant officers to achieve success.
“We can not know your problems without you saying it out.
“Always feel free to discuss your academic related problems with Exam Officer or Students’ Adviser so that it can be timely rectified,” Imran said.
Edited By: Muhammad Suleiman Tola