Anambra State Students in institutions of higher learning must shun being used as political thugs by politicians, a top Government functionary says.
Prof Kate Omenugha, Commissioner for Basic Education told the newly elected Executive Committee of the National Union of Anambra State Students (NUASS) at the Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka,
She enjoined the committee to use their tenure in office to educate fellow students on the need to participate positively in the coming election without being used as thugs.
She spoke on the need for students to live according to the dictates of Anambra shared values, seeing themselves as solution providers rather than being part of the problems to be solved.The commissioner called on the youths to be worthy ambassadors of the state’s cultural heritage and values, with deep rooted knowledge of our historical antecedents.
She said that all students from primary to tertiary should know the states’ emblem and what it meant to the state.
“The torch, elephant tusks and coins are all pointers to our historical past,’’ Prof Omenugha stressed.
The professor of Mass Communication reaffirmed that the present administration was always ready to see to the welfare of Anambra State students.
“Gov. Willie Obiano administration has been supportive of every Anambra student that has access to quality education right from primary to tertiary; this has given rise to granting them automatic employment to teach in the state secondary schools, especially those that made first class.’’
The present administration also made provision for scholarship to indigent Anambra State students.
Prof. Omenugha called on the union to create a database for all Anambra State Students in tertiary institutions and also form a students’ union cooperative society as it would help the state to know their challenges and possible solutions.
In an address earlier, the President of NUASS, Mr Okwuchukwu Okonkwo intimated that the union was on a familiarisation tour of some ministries as a looking out for ways to enhance collaboration and joint projects that would improve their students worldwide.
According to him, NUASS is an association of Anambra young undergraduates all over the world, whose primary objective is to uphold and defend the rights of all Ndi Anambra to quality education and work opportunities.