By Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”DEPUTY Senate President, Chief Ike Ekweremadu has called on youths in the country to shun anti-social vices, which could portray them in bad light, especiallyÂ the increasing indulgence in criminal activities like cultism, armed robbery, kidnapping and flagrant disobedience to the laws of the land.
He noted with regrets that such vices had continued to give a bad name to Nigeria, in spite of consistent efforts by the government to erase such pariah status of the country before the international community.
Speaking during the grand finale of the annual Ikeoha Foundation quiz competition for 2009, at the Rosary High School, Awgu, Enugu State, Ekweremadu, who is the chairman of the foundation, saidÂ that it was only when youths, who are the leaders of tomorrow begin to engage in acts capable of promoting the interest of the country, that they would be able to equally realise their full potentials.
He maintained that the rising crime wave in the country, especially in the South East and South-South zones,Â was as a result of the obvious misplacement of priority by the youths, stressing that criminal activities had been on the increase because the youths were in a haste to acquireanti-social without working for it.
On the quiz competition, Ekweremadu said it was only when students engage in healthy academic and recreational activities like quiz, debates, drama and sporting competitions that positive things would occupy their minds instead of resorting to crime.
While commending the schools that participated in the competition, Ekweremadu assured that the competition will continue to improve, adding that the foundation was not a political organisation but his own way of giving back to the society that had so much blessed him.
He said he would continue to lay emphasis on education and capacity building, through the yearly award of scholarships to students fromÂ his senatorial zone, provision of micro-credits to farmers and small business groups, adult literacy programmes and his Ikeoha football competition, which will soon kick off.
Also speaking, the chairman of Enugu State Post Primary School Management Board, Princess Stella Ngwu,Â commended theÂ foundation for organising the competition to bringing back the spirit of competition in our schools.