"Role of students in nation building" [Writer's contest 3]

This is an entry for the Pulse writer's contest by Abisola Alawode. "...One does not need to belabor the point that there are many young people who if given the required support can contribute meaningfully to national development..."

Examination

Man is a social animal. He cannot live alone. Society provides all comforts and amenities of life. Hence every individual has an obligation towards the society. Students, in particular can do a lot in this regard.

Young people in any country represent the future of that country. They have a vital role to play in the development of the country a duty they must perform.

There are many ways that youth can contribute to national development. They can do so by working hard in any field they are involved in, be it the teaching, mechanic, or farming field.

Working for one’s nation with total devotion and commitment is an obligation for every citizen thus the need to have orientation events for our youth to teach them what national service is all about.

However, to ensure the active participation of young people in national development, they need to be supported and encouraged by the government, the private sector, the civil society and their parents.

One does not need to belabor the point that there are many young people who if given the required support can contribute meaningfully to national development. But bringing such youths on-board the development wagon becomes the responsibility of those in authority.

Having said that, it is also essential to note that young people must also believe in themselves; that they can become a big asset both individually and collectively to national development if they work hard.

The continued over-dependency phenomenon cannot take our youth anywhere, nor can it help them to meaningfully contribute to national development as expected.

It is true that today’s youth are facing many challenges, such as HIV/AIDS, unemployment and drug abuse, but there also exist opportunities to gradually overcome some of these challenges.

In a situation where opportunities are limited – like nowadays - youth seeking jobs must avoid the habit of pick-and-choose; instead they should learn to take what is available till they get what they want.

This country needs more qualified engineers, plumbers, tailors, economists and journalists, etc. to lead us to our developmental aspirations.

However, to help our youth get to where they want and enable them become effective contributors to nation-building all hands must be on deck in achieving this objective, as the youth need support and motivation.

Also to enhance the participation of youth in national development, they must be given the opportunity to effectively participate in decision-making processes, especially on issues affecting their lives."Let us acknowledge and celebrate what youth can do to build a safer, more just world. let us strengthen our efforts to include young people in policies, programmes and decision-making processes that benefit their futures and ours."-Secretary-General of UN Ban Ki-moon

Nigeria is a developing country. Students can prove themselves very helpful in the noble work of its development. Illiteracy is a curse for any nation. And it is unfortunate that most of our villages are illiterate. They even do not know whatever is happening around them. The youth can help the rural people in many ways, by spreading education among them, by developing adult education and by removing ignorance from their life.

They can inspire them to keep small family by highlighting its benefits. They can persuade them to follow Family Planning, the mystery of all comforts. They can teach them to live in co-operation and work for their betterment.

Students are the backbone of any society and the nation. In times of emergencies like war, famine, floods, droughts etc. a country has to meet various demands to face the situation. In such emergencies, students can be of great help. The youth of the society has unlimited vigour and vitality. Their potentialities must not be spoiled in negative direction. Instead they must be utilized in some noble cause.

The society and the nation have immense faith in its youth power. Hence, it| is the duty of the youth to tackle every problem efficiently. They can bring smile on million's faces.

Students can do something for the defence of their country. They can get training in first aid, fire-fighting, air-raid precautions, use of rifles and nursing etc. They can help in maintaining internal peace and harmony, the only hope of humanity.

Our society has been suffering from a great evil called dowry. Here also the youth can prove themselves very helpful. They should take oath to be got married without dowry. In addition to this we are facing many other problems like child marriage, gambling, drinking, smoking, corruption, superstition and so on. At every sphere, only youth can do something positive by dint of their charismatic personalities, wonderful stamina and exceptional sacrifice. They can remove all these evils in a less time.

But it is unfortunate that the youth power today has got diverted. Every now and then we come through such incidents in which the youth power is involved in this or that. It is really a blot on the society. Hence, it is important to guide these misguided young people by inspiring them to do something great to achieve something different.

Their conscience must be awakened so that they may be good human beings to discharge their duties in the best possible way. They have potential in them. They must recognize it, weigh it and utilize it in right way.

NAME:  ADENIRAN MIKHAIL

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