By Dayo Adesulu
The Proprietress, Queensland Academy, Okota, Mrs Adenike Okudoh has condemned students use ofÂ Facebook which is being embraced by millions of subscribers all over the world as means of seeing peopleâ€™s faces, locates old friends addresses and profiles, assessing instant chats with colleagues and business partners.
Speaking at the school valedictory service recently, Okudoh reiterated that the negative influence Facebook has on youths is far beyond its seemly advantages adding that it has been a medium where students perpetrate social vices and waste precious time at the expense of their academic pursuits.
She said that the graduating students and other students of the institution would make her happy and fulfilled in the profession if only they would removed their names from Facebook.
â€œI must not found any of our studentâ€™s name on Facebook hence forth whether your parents like it or not,â€ she said. She maintained that the root course of many childrenâ€™s problems are their parents as they often over pampered them when they ought to be firm in correcting them, stressing that parents should not be too tired to discipline them whenever they go wrong.
Apart from producing citizens of the world through the vehicle of world class education which is the mission statement of Queensland Academy, Okudoh added that the institution also focuses on exemplary character with sound academic that have produced the best results in universities home and abroad over the years.
Also speaking, Rev. Gbenga Awofuwa challenged the students that no matter how brilliant and good someone may appeared to be, there is always great room for improvement even when you think you are the best in your neighbourhood.
The clergy charged the students to emulate Nelson Mandela who is not just an elder statesman but also an international figure because of his outstanding performance adding that the governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola is a proxy example of an outstanding achiever amongst his counterparts.
His words: â€œDo not be satisfied with fifty per cent which a pass mark but hundred per cent should be your desire. Refuse to be an average person in the society.
For you to be outstanding, you need to do something extra than what an average person is doing. Have a good dream and when you dream, donâ€™t dream small.
Have a mission statement of what you want to be in future. Be committed to pursue that dream and vision.Â You must identify a mentor you want to pattern your life after but only Jesus is a perfect example. Whatever you do must be godly and you must give what it takes to achieve your goals.â€
Citing an example of eagleâ€™s characteristics which the students should emulate, Awofuwa pointed out that eagles soar high above other birds and do not perch on average places but high where it can look very far ahead. So should students, he said, learn not to settle for the average but to always position themselves where they can get more vision to fulfill their destiny.
Besides, he added, when an eagle sees a storm, it goes toward the stormâ€™s direction and uses it to soar itself higher. Therefore always use the circumstances on your way as a stepping stone to greater height in life.
Moreover, he admonished the students to copy the eagles who train the eaglets how to fly and apply same in training the less privilege in the society when they get up there.