The Deputy Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Lawrence Ewhrudjakpo, has urged students to maintain good character and always engage in meaningful acts.
He also charged them not to allow the ongoing industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to lead them into anti-social activities.
He gave the charge in Yenagoa, while granting audience separately to the National Union of Bayelsa State Students (NUBSS) and Sagbama Local Government Area students from the Federal University, Otuoke.
The Deputy Governor further urged the students to pursue worthwhile goals capable of enhancing their learning and sound character in and out of school for a better future.
Senator Ewhrudjakpo, described studentship as a veritable foundation for the sustainable development of people and their societies, adding that bad tendencies can destroy their bright destinies.
He reminded the students that the greatest social assets of an individual are good character and integrity. He said: “A bad character is like a flat tyre, which cannot take anyone far in life,” he said.
He also charged the students to take their academics seriously and strive to become better than their parents and guardians.
According to him, students will be doing themselves and society a world of good if they shun social vices, such as cultism, rape and drug abuse.
Ewhrudjakpo equally tasked the students to tackle the menace from its roots by preaching the message of repentance to their undergraduate colleagues, who are into cult activities.
He said: “Your goal or proposal to go to secondary schools to campaign against cultism is quite laudable and noble. But I disagree with you on your target. You must first of all, remove the log in your eyes before you take away the spec in another person’s eye.
“Who are the people who go to initiate our children and your younger ones in secondary schools? Are they not from tertiary institutions? It is those of you who are cultists in the tertiary institutions that go about initiating the secondary school students into cultism.
“So, I want you to first of all talk to and convert the undergraduates before coming down to students at the lower levels.” Ewhrudjakpo stressed that cultism never pays, and urged the students to see the governor and himself who are not cultists as people they should emulate.
He reminded the students that government wanted them to become better citizens, urging them to build themselves academically.
Sylvester Agbalaje, the President of Sagbama Local Government Students, Federal University, Otuoke, appealed to the state government to support their Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) skills acquisition project.