The Vice Principal Administration of Igumbor Otiku Secondary School, Agbor, in Ika South LGA of Delta State; Mr. Lawrence Anyia, has during a recent workshop organized for the students and National Youth Service Corps serving in the school, spoke extensively on how to eradicate cultism in secondary schools and tertiary institutions.
According to the renowned educationalist, cultism is a thorn in the flesh, through which many persons have been dehumanized. So many have been physically incapacitated and the most unfortunate ones sent to their early graves. He stated that academic programmes (Teaching and Learning) have severally been tampered with as a result of the pandemonium triggered by the incessant heinous activities of unrepentant cultists, noting that these ungodly creatures have vandalized lives and proper ties and will not desist from their act of vandalism, if steps are not put in place to curb their activities or excesses, emphasizing that their actions must be condemned without equivocation.
Continuing, Mr. Anyia, in his assessment of what must have given rise to the menace of cultism in our institutions of learning, stated that poor parental upbringing, Government and Stakeholders are to be blamed, for having failed in their responsibilities. He was of the opinion that children from reputable family background with names to protect can never be involved in such activities. Saying, “Train up the child in the way he should go, when he grows up, he will not depart from it”.
Speaking further, the Vice Principal Administration disclosed however, that there is no problem without solution, explaining that it all depends on the way the society wants to tackle it. He noted that cultism can be put to rest. In his words: “Off campus accommodation and the issue of day students should be abolished”, and that provisions should be made for every student to live within the campus and college environment.
Continuing, Mr. Lawrence Anyia, also advocated for the following: “provision of heavily armed security operatives (well trained and educated) should be made available, and also opined that every institution should have only one entrance and one exit, where students and visitors can be properly screened before they come in and go out of the school compound. Non Students should not be harbored in the hostels or halls of residence. School authorities should monitor students’ activities even in their various halls of residence. Unauthorized gatherings or associations and drawing of tattoos on their bodies should be barred because they have link to cultism.
He further suggested that students should be impacted with the spirit of God and moral rectitude, noting that anyone brought up in a Godly way will certainly, be better person in the society which is what Nigeria, our country needs.
He encouraged parents to play their roles effectively by monitoring the activities of their wards when they are on holidays, advising that they shouldn’t be allowed to join bad peer groups.
Concluding, Mr. Anyia advocated for our tertiary institutions and colleges respectively to organize seminars regularly, especially on cultism and other related acts, where the dangers of cultism should be discussed and the importance of denouncement of membership.
He emphasized that the students should be reminded that they are the leaders of tomorrow; hence they shouldn’t jeopardize their future. He suggested that after these seminars and measures advocated, any student still found wanting should be expelled.