A one-day sensitisation workshop organised by the Akwa Ibom State ethical and Attitudinal Re-orientation Commission, EARCOM, for students and staff of secondary schools in Eket Senatorial District, on pressing social vices in Akwa Ibom State has ended.
The event was held at the Government Secondary School, Afaha Eket, with the theme “Being a socially responsible citizen of Akwa Ibom State.
Declaring open the workshop, the chairman of EARCOM, Dr. Dorothy Thompson, said the programme was organised to educate the future leaders on the dangers of indulging in criminality and social vices prevalent in the society.
He advised the students who were drawn from various secondary schools in Eket Local Government area to shun vices that will hinder or distort the peace of the society, and ultimately ruin their lives, and destroy their future prospects.
Dr. Thompson also appreciated the Akwa Ibom State governor, Udom Emmanuel for the relative peace that is being witnessed in the state and the robust support he is giving to EARCOM to carry out her crusade against cultism and social vices in the state.
She asked the students to support the governor by shunning the anti-peace activities and not yielding to pressure from misguided peers to do evil.
The EARCOM boss informed the students that the state Governor has put in place a proposal where gift items and prize will be given out to the most peaceful schools in the state.
The chairman of the occasion, who is also the Principal of Government Secondary School Afaha Eket, Godwin Ekong, in his remark, advised the students to take their studies seriously pointing out that, throughout his years as a teacher, he is yet to discover any substitute for education.
He maintained that education still remains the bedrock of any successful society and students should be bold enough to say ‘No’ to anything or activities, that will jeopardise their academics.
The guest speaker at the event, Roseline Essien, wife of the Vice Chancellor, University of Uyo, charged the students to be responsible to themselves, their family, the school and to the society they live in.
Essien further stressed that, it is becoming difficult to find responsible students and citizens as even the secondary schools have been infiltrated by bad eggs.
She emphasised on being responsible citizens, reminding the students of the words of the renowned Martin Luther King Jr, who opined that, “intelligence is never enough, intelligence must be matched with good character.”
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