By Lawrence Nwimo
The Students under the umbrella of Educational Management and Policy students Association, Federal College of Education (Technical), Umunze, have been urged to embrace discipline as their watchword in their strive for academic excellence in the tertiary institution.
The charge was delivered by the Head of Department of Education Management and Policy, Dr. (Mrs) Obianujunwa Mbaonu in an event organised by the Education Managrment and Policy students association to mark the official induction of new members into the association at L-Hall, Temporal site.
Delivering her words of advice, Dr. Mbaonu urged students to know the reason why they are in school and channel their efforts towards attaining dream of their parents and sponsors.
She reminded students the importance of discipline in the department stressing that Educational management and Policy is a department known for discipline and integrity hinting that unless one is discipline he or she cannot discipline others.
” Education Management and Policy students are managers and as such we should imbibe the qualities of good managers. As managers , we instill discipline in people. It is only when we are disciplined that we can discipline others.
“Students in tertiary institution are known for being studious so I expect each and every one of you to take your studies serious especially in this early stage in higher institution. Form your personal time table and make sure you do not abandon it.
“Also you can form study groups. Study group will make your task in school easier especially when you have your areas of strength and weaknesses”.
She however, advised students to go to their department or meet the department lecturers whenever they encounter problem in the cause of their study as it is only the right authority will give right information.
Earlier in her speech, Mrs. Nonye Nwankwo urged students to always remember why they are in school. She added that when students are not aware of their mission in school they end up not knowing what to do in school.
Mrs Nonye who is the staff adviser to EMPSAN, advised students to eschew bad friends as they are threats to integrity. She noted that bad friends in tertiary institution would never add value to students rather take the good qualities away from them and expose them to danger.
Mr Adoga Matthews, a lecturer in the department warned students to avoid anything that will lead them into joining cultism. He reminded the students how cultism started in tertiary institutions and the adverse effects it has had on students.
He added that extreme consequences abound in cultism as members could be subjected to lesbianism, homosexuality, armed robbery and fights which could lead to loss of lives adding that such students when caught could even be expelled from the college by the college authority.
Corroborating earlier warnings, a notable lecturer, Dr. obumneme Amaechina urged students to stick to their aim of being in school and avoid any form of distraction. He disclosed that cultism come through different ways most especially bad association.
Dr. Amaechina told students to adhere to the rules that has been given to them and pick up their baton as the race has started noting that any missed opportunity will be hard to get back. He urged students to imbibe ‘I can do spirit’ backed up with determination to succeed.
Speaking on power to overcome poverty, Mr. Olisaemeka E. Said that power to overcome povert is borne out of the ability to identify talent, adequate education and training as well as good human relation.
Mr. Olisaemeka lamented that most students are yet to discover their talent adding that one can never overcome poverty without first discovering his or her talent. He however advised students to do that which they have passion for as it may be their hidden talent.
Earlier, the EMPSAN President, Comrade Emmannuel Amaechi Ezeh, in his address of welcome reminded the students that the induction is to officially accept the students into the noble association even as the congress proposes a formal interaction between the students and lecturers of the department.
Comrade Emmanuel reiterated his commitment in making sure that the welfare and safety of the EMPSAN members form the priority of his administration. While also lauding the leadership and support of Dr. Mrs Mbonu Obianujunwa whom he he described as mother to the department.
Meanwhile, President of Education Students’ Association, comrade Ugochukwu Onuora in his remark challenged students to live an exemplary life, a life that is worth emulating. He stressed that EMP department has been the best and would continue to be the best.
Major highlight of the event was the crowning of Mr and Mrs EMPSAN as Miss Ifeoma Rozita Ezeh a 100 level student emerged victorious in the female contest while Kang Ivo Ekali also 100 level student Claimed Mr. EMPSAN in a keenly contested show.