DON CALLS FOR PARADIGM SHIFT IN STUDENTS’ BEHAVIOUR
A University Don and the President of FUNAI Women Association, Dr. Chinyere Nwajiuba has called on students of the Federal University Ndufu-Alike Ikwo (FUNAI), Ebonyi State to re-channel their youthful energies to worthwhile ventures that would guarantee them future success rather than pursuing inanities.
She made the call recently during a seminar organized by the association geared towards rechanneling the mind-sets of the University students towards fruitful activities at a time many youths are facing identity crisis.
With the theme: “Overcoming Youthful Exuberance in the University”, Nwajiuba noted that the seminar was organized to instil in the students the spirit of hard work, dedication and focus, without which it may be impossible to achieve meaningful success in life, and advised them to eschew truancy, the so called campus attractions and all forms of social vices if they intend to make success out of their academics and other aspects of life.
She added that academic certificates at the University are only awarded to hardworking and intelligent students who have been found worthy in character and in learning, urging them to make adequate use of the opportunity the University has provided to be the best in their various fields.
Declaring the programme open, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Chinedum Nwajiuba represented by Prof. Dennis Akor extolled the efforts of the FUNAI Women Association towards building the capacities of the students, which in his view would make them relevant in the present knowledge-driven world. He further encouraged the students to see the opportunity as a rare one, which should not be allowed to slip through their fingers.
Stressing the importance of the seminar, a member of the association and the Registrar of the University, Mrs Odisa Okeke represented by Ama Omaha said its benefits to students were enormous, urging them to take advantage of the seminar to improve their lives.
Speaking on a sub-theme entitled: “Personal Hygiene”, Prof, GMT Emezue, noted that personal hygiene is not all about scrubbing the floor, washing clothes and the likes but more about thinking positively about life. She further stressed the importance of students’ commitment to their studies, advising them to avoid acts that are demeaning in other to become successful in life.
Dr. Nnenna Nwosu while speaking on the imperatives of discipline in academic success, advised the students to imbibe the core values of the University which include excellence, integrity, hard work, discipline and entrepreneurship. She also harped on the need for them to abhor examination malpractice, cultism, rape and other anti-social behaviours because of its dire consequences.
She further encouraged the students to always exhibit self-confidence, self-contentment and self-value in all their choices, rather than giving up or going the easy way as many misguided youths tend to do these days.
In his remarks, the Special Adviser to the Enugu State Governor on Youth Empowerment, Dr Chukwuemeka Asogwa, said University is a place where leaders are raised, adding that wisdom is the ability to apply what you know.
He decried the unruly behaviour of many youths and their penchant for easy life, and challenged them to rather channel their youthful strengths to noble activities that could give them financial success.