Speaker Gbajabiamila promises to prioritize education 

Lawan Hamidu, Abuja


The Speaker of the Nigerian House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila has warned students to avoid regrets in the future by staying away from hard drugs and truancy in school.

Mr. Gbajabiamila, who was speaking during a Health and Education Initiative for students in Surulere, Lagos, organized by some of his aides and other professionals under the aegis of the Gbaja Professional Volunteer Network, GPVN, the need to take education seriously cannot be overemphasized. 

The initiative, which is a continuous exercise was designed to go round the country, was funded with support from private commercial organizations. 

Mr. Gbajabiamila, who promised to continue to give back to society said it is only a healthy and educated society that can make a country great.

He said “Now, when I go round to teach children, I always make sure I address certain things, away from academics. 

There are certain things that are important in education beyond classroom education.

The issue of drugs that has permeated our society today is something I never hesitate to talk to the children about.

Drugs, being out of school, cultism and so on, those things take you nowhere and they take you nowhere fast.

So it is important that we continue to imbibe this culture of going to school regularly, staying away from drugs, beware of teenage pregnancy beware of cultism.”

The Speaker further impressed on the children the essence of being self-motivated and look up to worthy role models in the society, saying, “I want to come back 20 years from now, I want to see those students that I taught are now doctors, lawyers, House of Representatives member and even governors in their various States and it is not a pipe dream. 

And if you conceive it, you can achieve it, that’s my belief and I am sure that is your belief too.”

While appreciating the Gbaja Professional Volunteer Network for the initiative, Mr. Gbajabiamila commended the health and educational organizations that contributed their resources to make the programme a success.