The Registrar of the Council of Nigerian Mining Engineers, Professor Zacheus O. Opafunso, has enjoined the Nigerian youths to constantly strive for good conducts as a panacea for achieving fruitful results all the days of their lives.
Opafunso offered the advice when delegates of the National Association of Polytechnic Students (the second largest students movement in Africa) paid him a courtesy visit at his office in Abuja.
The Registrar, whilst addressing the guests, enjoined them to adhere strictly to the antecedents of the founding fathers of the polythechnic by engaging only in what would make them proud at all times, adding that, unkown to many, opportunities abound in Nigeria for products of the Polythecnic to excel, rather than staying idle at home and expecting miracles to happen.
Particularly, Professor Opafunso advised the students union leaders to shun the act of violence and embrace dialogue with constituted authorities at all times, when the need arises.
According to him, “violence does not pay, and you are advised to do everything in a non-violent way,” sharing his experience of how he and his peers engaged the government constructively while he was the vice president of the students union, thereby achieving optimum results.
Speaking in another vein, he highlighted the efforts of the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arc Olamilekan Adegbite, and the Federal Government towards repositioning the mining industry which includes but not limited to; job creation, especially for the youths and five-year tax free holiday for investors seeking to import mining equipment.
While encouraging them to remain civil, disciplined and peaceful at all times, he pledged to put in his best within the confines of the law in the service of the nation in his capacity as COMEG Registrar to improve on the status and structures on ground as well as continue to cherish the relationship with the polytechnic family for mutual benefit.
Earlier in his speech, the spokesman of the team, Comrade Adekanbi Sunday Asuka, had appreciated the Registrar for being a shinning example for the youth which informed the decision to honour him with the NAPS Outstanding Leadership Award (NOLA) 2020.
- Pix: 4th from right, the Registrar, Prof. Z.O. Opafunso flanked by the NAPS delegates and COMEG staff.