The Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has called on youths in Akwa Ibom State to stay away from anti-social vices and use their time wisely to pursue educational programmes that are available nationwide.
Akpabio made this call during a meeting of the Ati Annang Foundation held in Ikot- Ekpene last Saturday.
The senator, while commending the foundation for honouring the leader of a cultural group, Uko Akpan, for preaching the value of education in his songs, noted that with education, one could conquer the world and occupy key positions.
He said that one of the greatest achievements the state had recorded in the last 10 years was to put an end to the ‘house girl’ and ‘gate man’ syndrome in the state.
“I am glad that 10 years after, we have been able to reclaim respect. You don’t need to come from a wealthy family for you to be great. Just focus on your studies. As long as you have God by your side, He will elevate you.
“What a beautiful thing youth is, but what a pity that youthfulness is given unto children! If youthfulness were to be given to adults, they would have reordered their ways, especially those who wasted their youth.
“Members and non-members of Ati Annang, Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District and Akwa Ibom youths, note today that God has given you youthfulness, use it to prepare for your tomorrow to be greater than your fathers.
“We are here to back you up. You cannot be afraid of goats when you walk on a field and be escorted by a lion,” he said.
Akpabio reiterated his commitment to continually represent not just Akwa Ibom North West Senatorial District, but Akwa Ibom State as a whole and to be identified with the programmes and activities of the state and Ati Annang in particular.
The foundation admitted new members and presented a leadership awards to Governor Udom Emmanuel and Akpabio for their exemplary leadership qualities and contributions toward the development of the state.
The highpoints of the event included the unveiling of the various projects executed by the foundation and the presentation of school bags, writing materials and textbooks to over 500 pupils drawn from primary schools within the Ikot-Ekpene Senatorial District, to support the free and compulsory education policy of the state.