By Agbo Amuche, Abakaliki
Ebonyi state Governor Engr. David Umahi has charged students under the aegis of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) to shun engaging into acts capable of disrupting their academic careers by ensuring productivity and professionalism in their dealings to improve their active participation and engagement of youths welfare in the country.
Governor Umahi gave the charge while speaking on the 65th Emergency Senate Meeting of the association held at the Christian Ecumenical Centre Abakaliki, the state capital.
Umahi challenged the people to zero their minds in the illegal activities capable of jeopardizing their futures saying that NANS as an umbrella body can decide that there would be no more cultism in schools both secondary and tertiary and it would stand.
Umahi who decried the high level of insecurities in the country told NANS as youths body to champion the fight against rape, banditry, incessant killings, kidnapping, burning of police stations among others to guarantee the freedom and safety among Nigerian citizens while stating that every obnoxious acts are been carried out by teaming youths, advising them to desist from it, bearing in mind that they are future leaders of the country
The governor tasked them to put all hands on deck to fight the ugly menace because of its harmful effects in the society.
He described cultists as the worst group one could ever engage him or herself as many people are feared dead through such proscribed groups, warned that any body caught in such association would be treated as a common criminal, stating that it is meant for the weak not giant people noting that they usually gather to kill in order to protect their weakness.
According to the governor” You cannot see any energetic or intelligent youth engage in cultism, the number of cultists in our schools is few.
“It should also be mentioned that those who take delight in what murderers do are also hell-bound,” he said.
The governor, therefore, admonished students to shun killing, saying that “anyone that sheds blood will always have blood flowing in his generations”.
He commended the NANS leadership for acknowledging his administration’s strides in infrastructural development.
“Our projects are meant to protect the youths as future leaders.
“You must be focused, hardworking and courageous to address the several socio-economic challenges confronting the country,” he added
In his speech, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Religion and Welfare Matters Rev. Fr. Abraham Chukwuma Nwali admonished the youths to look beyond government employment and focus on entrepreneurship.
“You should put God first in all you do and be committed to achieving your goals, in spite of all distractions,” he said.
The National President of NANS comrade Sunday Dayo, applauded the governor for his leadership ingenuity especially in infrastructural development.
According to him “the governor has motivated us to contribute in making Nigeria to attain its developmental goals.
Dayo assured the governor of their strong commitment and support to his administration for the overall development of the state which he said the development would increase youths participation in governance.