Ebonyi students charged to shun cultism, other vices
By O’star Eze
Students of Ebonyi State origin have been charged to desist from cultism and other vices that could put them at variance with the law. This formed part of the admonitions they received during a courtesy call executive members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Ebonyi State wing paid one of their co-indigenes, DSP Princess Nkeiruka Nwode, at her office in Anambra State Police Command, Awka.
DSP Nwode who is the officer in charge of Anambra State Police Public Complaints and Anti-Piracy, reminded the students of the need to put Ebonyi State in good light in all their pursuit in life adding that trust in God, utilizing every opportunity they have optimally and shunning bad company were the tripod stand on which stood good success in life.
In her words, “I know that there had been this poor notion people had about people from Ebonyi State but I was not deterred by it, rather I was motivated to strive to be the best in my profession.
“I owe everything I am today to God’s grace. However, I will not be sincere if I do not add hard work, resilience and determination to succeed as some other ingredients to success.
“There are three prayers, albeit, pieces of advice that I have for you today; always trust in God in all your pursuit in life, never take any opportunity you get or person you meet for granted and shun cultism and other vices. Pray to God to unfriend yourself from any unfriendly friend,” Nwode said.
She also appreciated the students for deeming her fit for an award of excellence adding that the award would motivate her to do more in the area of selfless service to humanity.
Earlier, while making the award presentation, the leader of the 12-man group, Comrade Chukwunonso Joshua Onwe described DSP Nwode as an Ebonyi State citizen who had over the years distinguished herself in her profession as well as a mentor to many Ebonyi youths.
Onwe, who is the Ebonyi State representative of the NANS, observed that Nwode, by standing out as a police officer and a humanitarian, had contributed in no small way towards reshaping the image of Nigeria Police Force as well as that of Ebonyi State indigenes.
In his words, “We are from a state which had before now been relegated to the background. But with the likes of you distinguishing yourself in your profession as a police officer and image maker of the Nigeria Police Force, you have made us proud of our state, Ebonyi state. Not only that, you have contributed immensely towards ensuring that the quota of police recruitment slots meant for Ebonyi was no longer lost to neighbouring state as it used to be. You have also assisted so many indigent student of Ebonyi origin with money to pay their fees. For these and more, we, the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Southeast/ Southsouth Zone B found you worthy of this award.”
The NANS rep then invited DSP Nwode to their forthcoming security summit in Ebonyi state to assist them in sensitizing the youths on the need to join the police force or any other enterprising venture.
“Your presence will motivate so many youths to work hard towards rediscovering themselves,” he said.
Highpoints of the event were the taking of the students to briefly see the Anambra state commissioner of police, Mr John Bassey Abang who thanked the students for their kind gesture towards DSP Nwode. There was also a formal presentation of the award plague to, as well as group photo sessions, with DSP Nwode.