The Akwa Ibom State University has explained that the stripping of prospective students naked during screening for admission into the university was one of the strategies adopted to check influx of cultists into the institution.
The Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Eno Ibanga said during an interview that a prospective student with a tattoos mark on his or her body would not be offered admission by the university.
“That is why we are striping them because they say prevention is better than cure and we will not stop doing it because it pays off in Akwa Ibom State University. The prevalence is very limited if you have ever heard.
“What we do here is we don’t give them (cultists) opportunity to manifest. As a university we put machinery in place to curb excessive even in synergy with local communities”, he said.
In addition “We will write to JAMB that this person was disqualified because of dangerous tattoos on his or her body”
Ibanga stressed that the school authority also work with the community vigilante groups in ensuring that once it is 10 p.m, the movement of students is restricted as they are not allowed to move around to avoid having infraction with the community and the vigilante groups.
The vice chancellor also linked the steady progress being recorded in the university to the good working relationship and synergy between the visitor to the university, who is the state governor, the Governing Council and the management.
“Akwa Ibom State University is one of the state universities that have been making steady progress. When I came the population was about 3,000 students; before the end of this year we will get up to 10,000.
“There is no fight between management and Governing Council. We have very pragmatic, focus members. This is one of the Governing Council that the chairman is donating a building to the university.
“When you hear the woes of Vice Chancellors of other universities I count myself blessed. We have that free hand and freedom to operate as an institution.
“Without that autonomy will not succeed and the autonomy has been seriously uphold by the government of Akwa Ibom State”, he said.
Ibanga who said the university presently boost of modern strictures and equipment with facilities upgraded regularly hinted that the National Universities Commission (NUC) is being expected November to offer full accreditation for courses remaining.
On ensuring Staff sent for overseas training does not absconde, he said the management has put necessary measures in place to ensure they return to the university after completion of their overseas programme.