Akpagu warns youths against hard drugs, cultism

Prof. and Mrs. Zana Akpagu at the event

Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar, Calabar (Unical), Prof. Zana Akpagu has enjoined youths to shun drug abuse, cultism and other social vices because of their negative effects on the society.

Prof. Akpagu stated this on Friday during a special reception/conferment of Ukam-Ushu1 of Bebuabie on him and Ungie Ukam-Ushu 1 of Bebuabie on his wife, Ntunkae Winnie Akpagu by the Bebuabie community in Obudu local government area of Cross River State.

The VC who thanked the community for the honour said that the love and recognition he has been getting since he assumed office was a clear indication that his people from home were praying for his family.

According to him "We don't know what to say again, we have left everything to God. The recognition and award we're getting shows clearly that our people are praying for us.

"For me, every recognition I have gotten is a call to service. It's a motivation that spur me to do more".

He added that "We want to remain good ambassador of the community and the local government even as we will continue to work to attract good things home.

I want to call on our youths to shun violence, hard drugs and other forms of social vices. We wouldn't have been were we are today if we were involved in such act. I want to invite everybody to come let's work together to develop ourselves and our community".

Earlier, the clan head of the community, His Royal Highness, Chief Imbue Jeremiah Ukeh described him as a good ambassador who has made Obudu and the entire state proud.
From R-L : Hon. Ken Aklah, Special Adviser to the Governor on Events Management/Governor's Office, Hon. Victor Agwu, Commissioner for Special Duties and others at the event

He said Akpagu was a role model to many noting that the younger generation should shun violence and emulate him by taking their education seriously.

On his part,  Peter Alelele, Chairman of the Central Planning Committee of the event said that the entire community was proud of the VC's achievements and the impacted he has create in the community.

"Our son, the Vice Chancellor has distinguished himself in whatever responsibility he has been entrusted with. He served in several capacities as Commissioner for Education 2001-2003, Special Adviser on Inter Governmental Affairs, 2007-2010, Special Adviser on Special Duties 2010-2012, among several other ad-hoc duties, before emerging as the 10th substantive Vice Chancellor of the University of Calabar".

The VC who is billed to be conferred the Unwa-Ushie of Obudu tomorrow alongside Rt. Hon. Paul Adah by Obudu traditional rulers council on Wednesday was conferred with the Ochua Oguo-Lisane1 of Lishiche by the Lishiche community in Obanliku local government area of Cross River State.

He was also coronated by the Begiaka community in Obudu local government yesterday, Thursday, 3rd as the Unim-Awandor1.
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