Education will set you free: Rio

Education will set you free: Rio
Neiphiu Rio speaking at the ASU biennial conference in Piphema. (NP)
Correspondent KOHIMA, MAR 23 (NPN) | Publish Date: 3/23/2019 12:06:25 PM IST

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio stressed on the importance of education for progress and urged upon the youth to prepare themselves to give their best in order to face the challenges ahead.

Speaking at the 28th Biennial Conference of the Angami Students’ Union at Piphema village under the theme ‘Aspiring Dynamics’, Rio told students “education will set you free” to prepare them for the future. 

He said development was not only about good roads and good houses, but how one looks ahead with proper planning and focus.

The chief minister, who hails from the Angami tribe, reminded students that while Angamis were blessed and privileged to be in the state capital, he urged upon them to live up to the legacy left by their forefathers.

He said that though Kohima is considered as the mirror of Nagaland, the community should carry the responsibility to strive, plan and aim to make it a better place. 

On the issue of water scarcity in Kohima, he informed the gathering that measures were being taken to resolve the issue.

He also called upon the community to maintain strict hygiene and also preserve the natural flora and fauna so as to make the state tourist-friendly and enable the state government to initiate steps to help the colonies, villages and towns in whatever possible way.

Earlier, delivering the presidential speech, ASU president Visako Rino said that the main objective of organizing such conference was to educate and get to know each other better and for the betterment of the community.

He also encouraged the students gathered to respect, believe and seek guidance of the elders so to follow the right path of truth. 

Rino also informed that ASU has consciously coursed its path for the welfare of the students’ community and also social reform of the society at large. 

Acknowledging that the government had boldly taken the challenge of ushering change in the society, Rino urged the students to do away with all negativism and challenge themselves to be positive.

Delivering the solidarity message, NSF president Christopher Ltu said the youth of today are faced with the biggest challenge, “employability” and demographic threat. 

He therefore urged all to understand that ‘white collar’ jobs were not the only source of employment. This, he said has only allowed creation of employment for outsiders, who control the economy of the state. 

Ltu said unless the future generation work-hard and venture out for avenues, they will rather become liabilities instead of being assets for the society.

He also pointed out that when they took over the reins of NSF in 2017, there were around 62,000 educated unemployed youths and presently there are 70,000 educated unemployed registered youth. As students, Ltu said if one is not focused to face the challenges, the future would remain bleak. 

He further urged the students to have a say and contribute on the “Indo-Naga” issues, saying “this is not only for the leaders to look into but for the betterment for our future.” 

Earlier, Angami Public Organization and local organizing committee convenor, Seyielhouto Keyho delivered the greetings, followed by cultural presentation by Southern Angami Students Union. 

The inaugural session started off with the unveiling of monolith by chief minister Neiphiu Rio followed by invocation by Piphema Baptist Church pastor Pezangulie Keyho.


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