CULTISM: GOVERNOR AHMED READS RIOT ACT TO STUDENTS
Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State has warned students of the state’s tertiary institutions of dire consequences of cultism emphasizing that government will implement to the letter the state edict on the menace.
Addressing representatives of the students under the auspices of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS at an interactive session on the state of Education in the State, Governor Ahmed said apart from risk going to jail, any student caught in cultism will be expelled from school.
Assuring the students of his determination to raise the standards in schools through the provision of adequate infrastructure and necessary incentives as indispensable aspects of the programme of shared prosperity, Ahmed reminded them that the state government’s anti-cultism crusade remains resolute. “The law on cultism will take its full course as we cannot fold our arms and allow cultism in our schools because it ruins lives”.
The Governor however, counseled the students not to be overwhelmed by youthful exuberance, emphasizing that “this is the time to define your future, identify your role model and burn as many candles as possible to get your goals. The more serious you are in school the better you come out and start life easily”.
He challenged the students to name any person who has benefited from cultism and living a good life, adding that it has never helped anybody in the long run. While imploring students to help their colleagues by exposing those engaged in cultism, the Governor called on parents to devote more time to monitoring their wards in order to tame some of their excesses early enough.
Ahmed told them that convicted cultists would have lost opportunities that would be difficult to regain.
Responding, president, National Association of Kwara State Students, NAKSS, comrade Sakir Akorede, pledge the support of the students to the realization of lofty policies of the state government.
Comrade Akorede described the stakeholders’ meeting as another manifestation of the transparency and openness of the Abdulfatah Ahmed administration through the involvement of stakeholders in the decision-making process on salient policies. Akorede thanked Governor Ahmed for consistently carrying the student’s body along in formulating policies that have direct bearing on their well-being, which, according to him, is responsible for the low level of students unrest in the State.