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…Nwuche Admonishes Nigerian Students

Former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Prince Chibudom Nwuche has commended Media Trust Ltd. – publishers of the Daily Trust newspapers for organizing a Quiz Competition for Secondary Schools in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), noting that at this time in the nation’s history it was important that we re-build the foundation of our academic and educational system by encouraging our youth to strive for moral and academic excellence. Hon. Nwuche, who was speaking at the kick-off of the annual Daily Trust / FCT Schools Quiz held recently at the Government Junior Secondary School, Tudun Wada – Abuja, described the competition as a veritable way of rejuvenating the fast-dwindling culture of academic excellence in the country and lauded the Media Trust group and the Foundation for Youth Development – a non-governmental organization (NGO) engaged in youth empowerment and mentoring which he chairs, as well as some other establishments for their support for such initiatives that are aimed at mentoring the Nigerian youth and pointing them towards the right direction, especially these days where Nigerians are inundated with singing and dancing competitions as well as other pursuits that tend to relegate academic excellence to the background.

He disclosed that Foundation Youth Development decided to partner with Media Trust because the Schools Quiz initiative is designed to encourage intellectualism, and urged the students who were drawn from both public and private secondary schools in the FCT, to consider the wide array of lofty professions available for them to take up and become successful in life, such as Accounting, Engineering, Medicine, Teaching, Research and the Legal Profession admonishing them to imbibe the virtues of hard work, integrity, honesty and academic excellence.

The former lawmaker further pointed out that one does not necessarily need to become a politician to succeed in life, noting that the apparent influx of people into politics may be for the wrong reasons as the altruistic job of a politician is to render selfless service to the people.

“That is why an aspiring politician should have another viable profession and not see public office as an only source of livelihood. Those seeking to go into politics should examine themselves thoroughly and see if they truly have the genuine disposition to serve the nation and the people. This will invariably reduce the do–or –die syndrome in our politics”, he averred.

Giving a brief account of his sojourn in politics, Hon. Nwuche said he obtained Bachelors Degrees in Philosophy and Politics with subsidiary subjects in Astronomy and History, as well as Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Law and worked for over ten years in the oil and gas sector before choosing to go into politics to serve the nation and his people. He said since leaving office in 2003, he has returned to his law practice and other businesses.

“Except more people who mean well and are prepared to offer selfless service and who have other means of livelihood actively participate in politics, there will be no hope for a bright future for the country”, he declared.