Delta varsity bars Vanguard journalist, others from covering press conference

BY ANTHONY ARUGBA

Authorities of the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, Wednesday, barred Vanguard Newspaper, the state owned newspaper, The Pointer, Oasis Magazine and a local newspaper operating in the state from participating in a pre-convocation press briefing ahead of the university’s 13th convocation ceremony which held on May 18, 2019.

The incident is coming on the heels of critical reports in the school which sources within the management of the university say it is not “comfortable” with.

Meanwhile, the university said a total of 4, 252 graduates participated in the convocation ceremony, noting that the institution has maintained strict adherence to discipline.

Vice-Chancelor of the university, Prof. Victor Peretomode, during the briefing, stated that the varsity currently ranks 2nd among state universities in the country, 20th among Nigerian universities and 46th in Africa.

Speaking on the prevailing peace in the university, he said: “The advantage of this peace that we have been able to bring to the institution has ensured that students graduate when they are supposed to graduate. If you are running a four-year course in the university, you will graduate even before the four years elapses.

“The institution frowns at any form of corruption at all levels and we will continue to discipline all those that are found wanting. Committees are set up for various offences in the university and we make sure we implement them to the later.

“We have tried to sanitize the system and students now have the boldness to report any form of harassment from lecturers, and when we investigate and if we find out the allegations are true, we discipline the lecturers in different ways

“In the past four years, the drop-out rate in the university has reduced because of these rules. We no longer tolerate indecent dressings around the campus. Even activities of the so called ‘Yahoo boys’ have also reduced drastically.

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