Clergy tasks graduands on national development
Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Lagos Mainland, Rev. Akinpelu Johnson, has urged graduands of Igbobi College to reflect on what they could contribute to the society and use the knowledge acquired in school to propel the development of the country.
Speaking at the school’s Valedictory/Thanksgiving service recently in Lagos, the cleric charged them to be role models and good ambassadors of the school.
He also called on them not to relent in consistent learning, urging them to imbibe the core value of humility in order to achieve greater heights.
According to him, humility, which is a value cherished by God, is essential to their strive to being better Nigerians, since it is in the state of humility that they can open their minds to learn more.
“Thrive to contribute your quota to national development, with your time and talent. This is a good foundation to leverage on.
To build on and develop yourselves, manage your time and your friends.
Humility is essential at this stage of your lives because, there might be tendency for you to leave here thinking you have achieved, while there are lots more that needs to be learned.
Leaving here without a trait of humility will pose a great challenge to you tomorrow,” the clergy said.
While urging the boys to walk with God and trust him, he charged them to, “put your faiths in him; not when you have accomplished, you think you have done it yourself.
God gives wisdom and opportunity to assimilate knowledge as well as the health to accomplish.”
Addressing the gathering, principal of the School, Ven. Femi Fasina charged them to be focused and committed to the things of God, assuring that the graduating students had been equipped to be exemplary in all sectors of life.
“I’m confident about these set of boys that are graduating today; their performance and success outside the walls of Igbobi College are guaranteed.
During their stay here, the college witnessed several achievements, so, I will encourage them to continue to be their best in whatever they do next, to be focused as they were here, and to get more committed to things of God.”
He continued: “Igbobi College boys are trained to be thinkers and problem solvers; they are trained as extra ordinary Nigerians to survive independently, so, they are adequately equipped to face the challenges inherent in Nigeria especially that of the workplace,” he said.
Decrying the poor state of the nation’s education system, the principal said, “We have an education system that is going to nowhere and not tailored to meet the needs of our society.”