Students of Lagos State orgin have been called upon to be up and doing in contributing their quota toward peaceful coexistence and the development of the state.
Mr Tayo Sanyaolu, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Tertiary Education, Youth and Students Relations made the call on Saturday.
He spoke during the inauguration of the executive council of National Union of Lagos State Students (NULASS) in Ikeja.
He also tasked the newly inaugurated NULASS executive on the need to take the union to greater heights.
“I urge you, as a team on your inauguration today, to work as a team.
“Specifically, I urge the executive arm of this union to do its best to uplift the union to unchartered paths.
“In all your programmes and activities, know that there is the need to expand NULASS to make it more popular and acceptable; being a union of the state of excellence,” Sanyaolu said.
He said that the students must particularly be wary of undesirable elements and not be used to cause chaos in the state.
The governor’s aide reminded them that no meaningful development could take place in an atmosphere of chaos and anarchy.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 13 executive members were elected on May 15, to run the affairs of the union for a two-year tenure.
The new president of NULASS, Mr Shasanya Akinola, promised students who are indigenes of Lagos State across the country of a new move that will lead to the upliftment of the union.
“It is a very good development that we are having our inauguration today, whereby NULASS across the country are witnesses to the transition from the immediate past to the newly elected executive.
“Our team will be dutiful in fighting for the interests of our members who believed in and voted us to office; we know the expectations from us are high and we promise not to disappoint.
“We will endeavour to commit our best to correct ills, fight for the interests of all Lagos State students across board,” he said.
Akinola noted that the reward for hard work required more work and that would be his watchword for himself and other members of the executive toward attaining a successful tenure.
Similarly, Bisola Okoya, NULASS immediate past president, charged the new executive to be the image-maker of the union in the right direction.
She said that the executive must be disciplined and should not expect monetary gains from efforts put in while in office, adding that “it is a selfless service.”
Okoya also implored members as well as the executive to be united, saying that was fundamental and would bring about productivity.
“In fact many obstacles will come, many challenges will come, but you need to be united and be ready to serve the union so as to accomplish its vision and mission,” she said. (NAN)