The Vice-Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, Prof. Chigozie Asiabaka has made an observation at the 34th matriculation ceremony of the university about the ugly development has engulfed the youths in the society, adding that many students had veered off the track of hard work, dedication and discipline to an unconventional means of making money. “I have received reports that a lot of students now stake their feeding and upkeep allowances in betting and lottery ventures,” he noted. He condemned the activities of betting companies and other lottery organizations which he said had created false approach to greatness resulting in some unguided students buying and losing their feeding allowances.
He related this to the economy misfortune and the ugly trend of get-rich syndrome that is driving high number of students particularly undergraduates in the nation’s universities into pool betting and lottery ventures.
He advised students to avoid shortcuts to success as education is the only key to prosperity. “I want to inform you that there is no shortcut to success except hard work. You would do yourself a great good by shunning these unwholesome practices and focus on your education which is the key to your future prosperity. Remember you can’t eat your cake and have it.” Prof. Asiabaka who was delivering his last matriculation address, also observed cohabitation among students as another evil trend in the society which he said is desecration of marriage institution.
“It is an abuse of our revered culture as Nigeria and a total desecration of the marriage institution which God carefully instituted.” He therefore admonished the students to desist from this immoral act by joining recognised churches, fellowships and clubs that would positively add to their lives and bring them spiritual and mind refinement. The vice- chancellor also warned that the university would not hesitate to dismiss any student caught in fighting, cultism, stealing, armed robbery, kidnapping, destruction of property, drug addiction, hooliganism, examination malpractice, prostitution and advised them to adhere to all the instructions passed to them during the orientation. According to him the university management has provided opportunities for students-aidscheme for indigent students as well as opportunities for scholar
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