Vice Chancellor condemns cohabitation among students

vc• 3,989 students take matriculation oath
The Vice Chancellor, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, Ondo State, Nigeria, Prof. Igbekele Ajibefun, has condemned the prevailing cohabitation syndrome among students of tertiary institutions in the country.

Ajibefun, who was represented by the Dean, Faculty of Arts, Professor Benson Akinnawonu, kicked against this rising trend in his opening remarks at a one-day summit on “Cohabitation Among Students,” organised by the Student Affairs Division of the institution, in conjunction with Airtel Telecommunication.

He said, “Cohabitation among students is a reprobate act that requires all hands to be on deck to arrest the ugly trend. Living together and having sexual relationship without being married is a trend that has virtually eroded the level of morality among the youth, particularly students of higher institutions.

“Findings by researchers have proved that cohabitation among unmarried students has been on the rise, and if deliberate and pragmatic steps are not taken by all stakeholders, including managements of tertiary institutions, parents and religious leaders, this anomaly will continue to rise unabated and the society will ultimately suffer for it.”

Ajibefun commended the division headed by Dr. Bolanle Ogungbamila, for the initiative and thanked Airtel, for the partnership to campaign against the immoral trend.

In his welcome address, Dr. Ogungbamila identified low level of monitoring, mentoring and inadequate hostel accommodation as factors that have engendered cohabitation among students.

He said, “The low level of monitoring and mentoring coupled with inadequate hostel accommodation have engendered cohabitation among our students. Apart from constituting a source of distraction, cohabitation has physiologic, psychological, economic, academic and spiritual implications for students who engage in the act.”

The resource persons at the summit were the Director of Women Studies and Development Centre, AAUA, Dr. (Mrs.) Nireti Duyilemi, who spoke on “Campus Cohabitation: A Negative Attitudinal Disposition that Debases the Dignity of Womanhood,” and Dr. (Mrs.) A.A Akintola, who examined the topic, “Adolescent’s Risky Sexual Behaviour and Its Consequences on Reproductive Health.”

Meanwhile, the vice chancellor has advised the 3, 989 new students to eschew social vices that could thwart their studentship.

Ajibefun, who gave the advise at the 2014/2015 matriculation ceremony said, “As a university, we cherish our modest achievements and guard them jealously. Indeed, we yearn for more. And we are confident that having admitted you through a merit-driven policy, we have opened the door for achieving more laurels and attaining our aspiration to be the best university in Nigeria and among the best 10 in Africa.”

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