Emmanuel gave the advice in a press release signed by his Chief Press Secretary Mr. Ekerette Udoh on the occasion of 2020 Children’s Day celebrations on Wednesday.
He enjoined them to disregard social vices that would jeopardize their future.
The governor noted that the State has invested huge resources in ensuring that Akwa Ibom children are equipped and positioned for the globalized world of the 21 Century where skills, talents, passion, ability to think outside the box and sharp execution of tasks are the underlying requirements for success.
He added that even amidst the lockdown occasioned by coronavirus pandemic, the state government had ensured children are kept busy and educated through the “School on Radio” programme on AKBC.
The governor said that the theme of this year’s celebration “Promoting Girl Child Education for Sustainable Development” captured a critical component of the Pet Project of his wife, Dr. Mrs. Martha Emmanuel in her quest for the growth and development of the girl child through Family Empowerment and Youth Re-orientation Path Initiative (FEYReP)
The statement reads in parts, ”let me again use this opportunity to urge our children to stay away from anti-social tendencies such as cultism, and rather focus on their education and other ennobling pursuits.
“The holistic education of the girl child, from instilling the right values, distilling her sense of self and identity, forswearing unwholesome tendencies that may negate her future and growth, and the infinite faith in her capacity to rise to the faith of her greatness without fear of limitations based on her agenda are important element that we have emphasised.”