The Akwa Ibom State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Comrade Ini Ememobong has charged youths to work hard, pursue excellence, eschew truancy and believe in themselves in order to achieve greatness.
Comrade Ememobong made the call when he paid an unscheduled visit to a JAMB/WAEC preparatory class he initiated for candidates holding at Government Primary School Use Ndon, Ibiono Ibom Local Government Area.
According to the facilitator, the initiative is borne out of his quest to help candidates for WAEC, NECO and JAMB examinations to receive preparatory and revision lessons, so that, they can approach their exams better equipped, and possibly clear the hurdle at first trial and gain admission into Universities, Polytechnics and Colleges of Education.
The PDP Publicity Secretary who hails from Use Ndon said, he started this as a Pilot programme in his village and hopes to extend the venture to other wards in the council area so that, other candidates who live in far flung places can access the centres nearest to them.
He further explained that, this was his modest way of giving back to the society and adding value to the youths who he says are the future.
While interacting with the students, Comrade Ememobong who was impressed by the turn up of candidates advised them to take advantage of the lessons, and the qualified teachers in sciences and the arts, and ensure that, with self belief, they can measure up with students from the towns and cities anywhere in the world.
Comrade Ememobong who pledged to offer career guidance and counseling for the students, also assured them that, seminars on the girl-child and adolescence will be organized to prepare them for the challenges they will face through their teenage years into adulthood. He charged them to avoid the flaw of inferiority complex and always know that, inspite of living and growing up in the sub urban areas, greatness lies within them as a seed. He maintained that, they can make it grow through self-belief, hardwork as well as, having the fear God and living by his precepts.
Speaking to newsmen, some of the students expressed gratitude to the PDP Publicity Secretary, who they said, has done so much for them by facilitating the classes, paying all the staff and teachers as well as rendering other services to Use Ndon community and Ibiono Ibom as a whole. Students came from several adjoining villages up to Oko Ita, the Council headquarters to attend the lessons.
In a chat with newsmen, Mr Noel Maduka who teaches Mathematics at the centre lauded the initiative and disclosed that, he was drafted in from the University of Uyo to teach the students.
While expressing satisfaction at the quality and qualification of teachers that are recruited to tutor the students. Mr Maduka posited that, he is confident the students will do well after the 3 month duration of the classes and called on other well meaning and privileged citizens to replicate the. noble gesture in their communities, thereby assisting the less privileged and impacting positively on the society.