In recognition of his contribution to journalism and media relations, the Chief Press Secretary (CPS) to Edo State Governor, Mr John Mayaki, was, on Wednesday, awarded as “International Diaspora Icon of Peace, Patriotism and National Development” by the European Chapter of the National Association of Nigerian Students in Cyprus.
He said: “You have tasked me to climb another rung on the ladder of leadership responsibility and service to humankind. You have clearly encouraged me not to rest on my oars in giving more of myself and resources to the continual wellness of our society. The challenge, I assure you, is well taken.”
Exhorting the students, he advised them to study to contribute to the uplifting of Nigeria and humanity in general urging them to never be satisfied with whatever is less than excellent because there was no place for the slothful, the mediocre, the laggard, and the uncreative minds in the country anymore.
He expressed his resolve to contribute to the progress of Nigerian youths, while charging them to develop their intellects and broaden their scope because the project of nation building in Nigeria was direly in need of innovative, progressive, diligent, and bright young minds.
“To handle your study with levity is to disqualify yourself from being part of the hands and minds that are building our country. Always remember this and see to it that you do not sidestep challenges in the course of studies but manfully face up to them, knowing full well that giving up is not an option for the youth who seek to better their country,” he said.
Meanwhile, he assured them that under Governor Godwin Obaseki’s watch, education and jobs for the youths would never be relegated, adding that the current administration had developed policies and programmes to add value to people’s lives and would improve educational infrastructure in the state.
In addition, he explained that Governor Obaseki would use agriculture to close up the gap in youth unemployment in the state, as the government was already engaging many youths in the various areas of the state’s agribusiness programme.