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Shun cultism, drugs, Gbajabiamila tells students

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Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has advised students to shun cultism, drugs and other vices capable of undermining their academic career and future.

Gbajabiamila spoke on Sunday in Lagos at the end of a two-day counselling and health programme organised for students in his Surulere 1 Federal Constituency.

The programme, which featured career talks, counselling and free medical screenings and treatment was organised by the Gbaja Professionals Volunteer Network, a volunteer group.

The speaker said drugs, cultism, teenage pregnancy and others were dream killers, urging students to avoid them. He advised students to rather take their education seriously, saying they can achieve their life goals through education.

Femi Gbajabiamila

He said he has visited schools across the country to teach students and counsel them against drugs, cultism and other vices, adding that the teaching programme, which he undertakes periodically, is to inspire students to greatness.

”Now, when I go round to teach the children, I always make sure I address certain things away from academics. There are certain things that are important in education beyond the classroom education.

“The issue of drugs that have permeated our society today is something I never hesitate to talk to the children about because of its danger.

”The same thing with drugs, being out of school, cultism and so on; dear students, those things take you nowhere and they take you nowhere fast.

”So, it is important that you continue to imbibe the culture of going to school regularly, staying away from drugs, beware of teenage pregnancy, beware of cultism and other things that can affect your future,” he said.

The speaker said he is glad that feedback from his teaching programme shows some students were beginning to imbibe the right values.

Gbajabiamila also urged students to always respect their parents and to always take to their advice, especially on education, stating that without education, it would be impossible for him to have become the speaker of the House of Representatives.

The speaker commended the volunteer group for organising the programme, saying the initiative is noteworthy as it concerns the health and education of children.

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He identified education and health as key to development, adding that no nation can achieve progress with uneducated and unhealthy citizens.

Meanwhile, the Coordinator of the group, Mr. Lukman Lawal, said the programme would be taken to the six-geopolitical zones of the country to counsel students on the need to study hard and shun vices.

According to him, the programme, which addresses some health needs of students, is an initiative to complement government’s efforts on education and health.

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