By Arinze Anaegbunam
The event, held at the college auditorium, had the theme, “25 Years of Education and Organisation of Knowledge for Practical Purposes, Empowering the Youth for Future Socio-Economic Life’, Orient Daily reports.
In a remark, the chairman of the occasion, Barr. May Onyegu, expressed dismay at the truancy associated with students’ lives in schools, and urged them to be of better behaviour and lead exemplary life as learned people.
Onyegu, who was represented by the college deputy provost, Dr. C. C. Ugwuogu, also commended the organisers of the event.
Also speaking, former Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, represented by the former Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Prof. Stella Okunna, lauded the management for the developmental strides evident in the college.
Obi buttressed the importance of education to the growth, development and stability of any nation, while lamenting that the degree of set back in economy of various nations was as a result of government’s poor budgetary allocation to education.
“Years back, the boy and girl children are rarely found in schools as they are either found playing football in the streets and the girl child is married off at childhood. But, today, the tide has changed; and both sexes are found in the school early enough”, he said.
The former governor further tasked the governing council of the college to ensure adequate fight for the sustenance of education at all levels through an increased budget for education.
He enjoined female students to desist from thoughts of early marriage as a way to escape troubles and unnecessary hurdles in life; while reminding parents of the importance of visiting their wards in high schools to discourage campus marriages.
In his remarks, the chairman of Orient Group of Companies, Mr. Godwin Ezeemo, said that youths remain the key to any meaningful development, regretting that such development cannot be achieved when youths litre the streets as miscreants.
“Youths are very important in reviving our dying economy and, therefore, need to be cared for and equipped to take over the mantle of leadership.
“Education is a driving factor which propels one to become what he desires to be. No one gets anywhere in life without conscious effort to excel. I am an apostle of hard work. I really worked hard to arrive where I am today”, Ezeemo said.
Recalling his early days, he said, “If I had the privilege of becoming a child again, I would achieve more, and the mistakes I made in the past that cost me some opportunities would not repeat”.
Emphasising that the age of youthfulness is the age of usefulness, Ezeemo charged parents to be alive to their responsibilities so as to raise the moral and academic levels of their wards.
He further expressed dissatisfaction at the declining standard of education in the country, while expressing hope that the future will be brighter.
Speaking on behalf of the students, the SUG president, Comrade Stanley Ezeabayi, expressed joy for the success of the event, while thanking all the guests, who graced the occasion for finding the time to come.
Award of Excellence given to Mr. Peter Obi, Mr. Godwin Chukwunaenye Ezeemo and others formed highlights of the event.