–Blank NEWS Online (NIGERIA) –From Albert OGRAKA:
MANAGING Director/CEO of Delta State Oil Producing Areas Development Commission (DESOPADEC), Bashorun Askia Ogieh FCNA, CrFA, has commended the Rector of Niger Delta University, Irri Campus, His Grace, Archbishop (Dr.) C.A.O. Apena, for his foresight and initiative for bringing education closer to the people in Isokoland and beyond.
He stated this as Chairman at the maiden matriculation ceremony of Niger Delta University, Irri Campus, on Thursday, July 1, 2021, where he was represented by his Executive Assistant, Mrs. Dick-Duvwarovwo Anthonette.
According to him, “For every flourishing and viable society, education is key, without which society becomes rudderless and lawless. For me, every opportunity presented to be part of enhancing the education sector within my means is grabbed with both hands.
“I am elated to be called upon to chair the maiden matriculation ceremony of the Niger Delta University, Irri Campus. It is an honour that I do not take lightly. I am humbled by this privilege.
“Permit me to immediately commend and thank the Rector, His Grace, Archbishop (Dr.) C.A.O. Apena, for his foresight and initiative for bringing education closer to our people in Isokoland and beyond. For every flourishing and viable society, education is key, without which society becomes rudderless and lawless. For me, every opportunity presented to be part of enhancing the education sector within my means is grabbed with both hands.
“There is no better time to state this than now. I have been worried that our languages, especially the Isoko language, are going into extinction. On my part, I have sponsored the publication of Isoko books for primary and secondary schools (from JSS to SS) which have been approved for study by the Ministry of Education, and also encouraging Isoko Language teachers in primary and secondary schools by paying them stipends.
“This is a plea. The Niger Delta University may consider introducing Isoko Language Course in its Linguistics Department to help sustain our indigenous languages.
“I will therefore make a clarion call to our sons and daughters who are well positioned to come on board to sponsor programmes and projects in this citadel of learning that is poised to shape the character and scholarship of our children.
“To the matriculating students, please be aware that education comes before wealth. You are privileged today to have been admitted to this prestigious institution. Your focus should therefore be strictly on your education. To achieve educational success, you must strive to shun all forms of social vices.
“I know there is a high and still growing level of unemployment among our well educated young men and women. To some people, this is enough motivation to opt for the path to quick fix in the quest for wealth. You must not fall to this temptation.
“One of the prime reasons for the stunted growth in Nigeria is the disjointed nature of our federation which has stifled the potential of states to be more creative and entrepreneurial in harnessing their resources. You must take interest in how our country is run and be part of the dialogue towards building a more perfect federation that provides the ambience for the younger generation to actualise their dream.
“Drugs should be your enemy at all times. Don’t use your internet access for criminal activities that could truncate your education prematurely. Betting is addictive, please don’t use the little money your parents are able to give you on betting games. It can ruin your education.
“I advise you to imitate the paths of your lecturers, following their footsteps and embracing self-discipline, so that you may achieve your ultimate goal of graduating with flying colours. Eschew all forms of mediocrity and aim to shoot for the moon so that even if you miss it, you may land among the stars.
“I am confident that the Niger Delta University will mold your character such that when you graduate, you will contribute meaningfully to the growth of our country while dominating excellently in your various fields. I congratulate your parents for striving to bring you to this stage of your lives. May their labours not be in vain. Amen.
“I wish all the students the best of God’s blessings and good tidings.”
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