Speaking at the 2017/2018 University of Calabar Orientation for freshmen, the Director General of Cross River State Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Betta Edu has charged newly admitted students of the University of Calabar to be focused on their studies rather than posing as slay queens on campus. She said “instead of being a slay Queen, or a slay cultist, be a slay First Class”.
She admonishes young female students not be deceived by their male counterparts who lures them with enticing flashy gifts but to be contended with what their parents can afford.
The DG who drew lessons from drama presentation on cultism on campus, she admonishes male students not to indulge in cultism and other social vices as she said, she had lost so many of her friends to cultism, who would have been impactful to the society if they had not indulged in cultism.
Dr. Betta Edu, while reminiscing her days as a great Malabress of the institution, said, she was privileged to have held different leadership positions and rose to become the Vice President of the Student Union Government in 2007/2008 amidst strong opposition if not for God and her academic brilliance that made her unopposed at that time that the school constitution favours a CPGA of 3.5 and above for any one seeking elective positions in the Student Union Government. “So if you wish to lead, you must work hard academically. She said, her leadership participation in the school Student Union Government then, prepared her for any tasking job like the present position she is occupying.
Dr. Betta Edu who spoke on student unionism as a building ground for impactful leadership emphasized on the need for students to be part of the structure in leadership building in the university of calabar. She reiterated that one can start from being a Class Representative, Departmental Association Exco to SUG among others and bring the needed difference you could offer into leadership. “The wrong people get elected into different offices, the wrong people will continue to rule you because the right people have refused to get involved”. You must form part of your fellowership and leadership at departmental, faculty and even SUG!
Speaking further, she identified character moulding as being essential in leadership, hence, we must exhibit good character if we must get connected with the right people and excel. She said, beyond academics, students should form a network with right people “I have always the right people around me and the have helped me grow”
She rounded up by advising fresh men to take their studies serious, shun cultism and get involved in any leadership position and learn administration, leadership and how to carry people along.
In addition, she implores students to maximize their four, five and six years well and leave their footprints on the sand of time.
Earlier speaking, Mrs. Nyeneime Ukpong, an Admin staff of Physiology Department, spoke to students on the benefits of joining student associations. She outlined such benefits to include them empowering one academically; boosts one’s self esteem. “success has many fathers, failure is an orphan” says Mrs. Ukpong.
Mrs. Ukpong spoke further on devastating effects of cultism which she listed as being rusticated from school; loss of personal identity; negative attitude to life and society; promiscuity (slay mama, slay Queen, runs girl); total loss of confidence built over the years before joining cultism. While people ignorantly joins cultism, there are possible identified ways of avoiding it. These, according to Mrs. Nyeneime Ukpong include avoiding late night outings, extravagant lifestyle, bad company just as the Bible succinctly puts it “bad company corrupts good manners” and finally, resist the devil and he will flee from you.
Also speaking, the Dean of Student’s Affairs, Dr. Enang Udah charges 2017/2018 freshmen to be very wary of those who are very nice to them; to be very careful of parties they attend especially on their matriculation day.