Students have been urged to flee from false and destructive enticements of cultism, thuggery, drug addiction and other vices to succeed in life.
They are rather advised to focus on their academic pursuit to acquire the right knowledge and grooming.
Commissioner of Police, Bayelsa State Command, Mr. Ben Okoli, stated this at the commencement of a three-day Orientation Programme organized by University of Africa, Toru-Orua for fresh students at the University campus.
Represented by Mr. Nelson Ogbu, the Police Commissioner emphasized that youths remain the bedrock of society and they must be properly oriented for leadership and nation building.
While enjoining the new UAT students to devote themselves to self development for excellence, Mr. Okoli applauded University of Africa, Toru-Orua for raising a generation of thinkers with requisite knowledge for socio-economic innovations and advancement.
In another presentation on “Gender Violence, Sanitary Habits and Effect on Girl Child Education”, former Bayelsa State Deputy Chief of Staff, Government House, Dr. Ebizi Ndiomu-Brown, tasked female students to be resilient, focused and not be distracted by gender barriers.
She further underscored the need for them to prioritize their life goals and imbibe good character traits.
UAT Registrar, Dr. Akpoebi Adesi and Head, Department of Theatre Arts, Dr. Tam Azorbo also made separate presentations.
Earlier in an opening remark, Vice-Chancellor of UAT, Professor Kingston Nyamapfene, took the fresh students down memory lane to when the University took off and expressed delight at the humble feats being recorded.
Professor Nyamapfene said the increasing national mix of students from across the country is an indication that the relatively new University will soon become a choice destination for knowledge seekers.
Some of the students, Peredigha Pere-ebiye of Biochemistry and Princess Johnson of Economics Departments, described UAT as conducive and promised to be studious in order to graduate with flying colours.
The 3-day Orientation Programme for UAT fresh students continues today and ends tomorrow.