13 February 2013

Nigeria: How We Curbed Cultism in Auchi Poly - Rector

Benin — Rector of Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo State, Dr. Philipa Idogho, Wednesday, said that the management of the institution was able to curb cultism through productive engagement of its students.

Recalling events which took place before her re-appointment as Rector of the polytechnic, she lamented that Nigerians had failed to encourage leaders, who had done well in their various professions, adding that the "unfortunate attitude is discouraging people from giving their best to the growth of our country."

Speaking with members of Correspondents Chapel of Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Edo State, led by its chairman, Mr. Simon Ebegbulem, she said: "Students want to learn and that is why we are exploiting that avenue. We keep them busy with academic and entrepreneurial activities and leadership training. That is why we have experienced phenomenal reduction in cultism in the school."

Noting that her positive performance in office in her first tenure might have influenced the decision of the Federal Government to re-appoint her for a second term, she stressed on performance of leaders, which according to her, would encourage them to do more and not criticisms as was common in Nigeria.

"Nigerians need people who are dedicated and are ready to work and serve humanity but we need people to encourage them to do so and more," she added.

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