A clergyman and presiding Authority, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Calabar, Cross River State, Elder Victor Bassey, has charged graduands of Nigeria Institute of Religion not to compromise the moral values inculcated in them by the school, but exhibit good moral behaviour to show to the world that they are good ambassadors of the Institute.
Elder Bassey gave the charge while presenting 492 Certificates and 10 Diplomas to the graduands, to mark the Institution’s 25th anniversary ceremony at Latter Day Saint, Etta Agbor, Calabar, on Tuesday.
The cleric stated that the Institute remains one of the most outstanding among platforms that teach young people how to maintain good values and entrepreneurship, stressing that with teachings received by the graduands of the Institute, they can afford to become self-reliant if they practicalise all what they had learned at the Institute.
He said that apart from engaging students on issues that bother on spirituality and moral uprightness, their capacities are also built in the area of enterpenuership so that they can grow up in business to become self-reliant and employers of labour.
Bassey stressed that the Institute was fully equipped with the requisite manpower to instil the right values to young people who fall within the age bracket of 19 and 30.
The cleric charged youths in the area to take advantage of the Latter-Day Saints siting the first Institute of Religion in West Africa owned by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Calabar.
In his his earlier remarks, chairman of the Institute Advisory Council, President Akwaowo Ekong, urged youths in the host community of Etta Agbor to leverage on the privilege so that they can draw themselves closer to God and also learn some skills that can help them become self-reliant.
In her opening remarks, the Institute Director, Sister Prisca Obinna, applauded the graduands for taking a bold step to better thier lots and lauded the teachers for putting in thier best in molding the characters of students graduating from the Institute to become good citizens of the country.
Speaking on the theme, “Seek Ye Learning by Faith and by Study (Doctrine and Covenants)”, a Don at the University of Calabar, Dr. Austin Agantiem, who commended the efforts of management of the Institute, also urged the graduands to be good ambassadors of the Institute after undergoing such rigorous training.