The wife of the Lagos State Governor, Mrs. Bolanle Ambode has appealed to students to abstain from cultism, drug abuse and other career-ruining ventures, stressing that no excuse could justify indulgence in social vices.
Mrs. Ambode, who made the appeal in a keynote address at the second Distinguished Lecture of the Lagos State University,LASU, in Ojo, identified social vices as one of the factor affecting youth development in the country.
According to her, “No matter the peer pressure, emotional challenge or psychological issues you may be facing, I urge you to say no to drugs, cultism and other vices. One moment of indiscretion is enough to ruin a life”.
Mrs. Ambode, who is an alumna of LASU, recalled her student days with nostalgia and noted that because of the quality of education in the institution, many products of the school had gained global recognition and are doing very well in coveted professions around the world.
She reflected that the founding fathers of the school had a vision of academic distinction for all students that would pass through it, hence the robust academic agenda and phenomenal rise of the institution, when compared to its peers around the country.
She commended the university authorities for the establishment of a Career Development Centre, for continuous improvement of LASU graduates, for professional efficiency and effectiveness.
In his address, the Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Olanrewaju Fagbohun reeled out several scholastic and professional achievements recorded by the institution, through outstandingly brilliant male and female students, who have continued to make waves locally, continentally and globally.
He noted with pride, that the United Nations had just chosen a cohort of millennium fellows from the University, to support its Sustainable Development Goals.
Other such exploits according to him, included an on-going exchange programme with Indiana University, USA, among other inspiring achievements.
Guest speakers, Joke Silva, Segun Arinze and Mrs. Dan-Faparusi Ogugua Enitan, unanimously counseled the students to adopt the five Ds of Desire, Determination, Diligence, Dedication and Discipline, in their pursuit of career success, adding that they should get rid of fear and be prepared to start small.