Alhaji Mohammed Okpoku, a member of the Nasarawa State House of Assembly, has urged students to shun examination malpractices and other social vices capable of affecting their education and destroying their future.
Okpoku, who is representing Udege/Loko state constituency at the Assembly, made the call on Thursday in Lafia, while receiving an award of excellence from the Loko Students’ Association (LOSA).
He noted that examination malpractices and other social vices had affected the education and lives of many young Nigerians negatively, hence the need for students to eschew the acts.
Okpoku, who is the Sarkin Yaki Udege, thanked the association for the award and promised to always take steps that would affect their studies and lives positively.
“Today, I have added another feather to my cap and I thank them for the award which will spur me into doing more projects that will have direct bearing on their lives and those of my other constituents.
“I dedicate the award to the Osu Ajiri, Alhaji Halilu Usman and the Sarki Loko, Alhaji Abubakar Sabo for their fatherly roles and advice towards ensuring my victory.
“I want to assure my constituents of more goodies ahead; I will do my best in order to improve on their standard of living.
“I also want to urge you and other students to shun examination malpractices, cultism and other social vices in the interest of your education and for the overall development of the country,” he said.
The lawmaker urged the students to relate well with their other colleagues and be law abiding so as to promote the development of the state in particular and the country at large.
Earlier, the President of LOSA, Mr Mohammed Sale, said the association decided to present the award of excellence to the lawmaker due to his quality representation at the state Assembly.
He assured the lawmaker of the support of students in the constituency to enable him record more successes.
The Nigeria News Agency reports that LOSA is an association of Loko students in all the tertiary institutions in the state, including Nasarawa State University, Keffi; Federal University, Lafia; Federal Polytechnic, Nasarawa and College of Education, Akwanga. (NAN)
Edited by Bolaji Buhari and ‘Wale Sadeeq