Kohima: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Saturday urged students from the Angami Naga tribe to become valuable assets to the society rather than becoming a liability.
Speaking at the inaugural session of the 29th Biennial General conference of the Angami Students’ Union (ASU), Rio encouraged students to have a positive attitude in life.
Encouraging students to work hard and maintain discipline, Rio said that the knowledge acquired during this period would help lead the future. He encouraged students to prepare for the various challenges they would be confronted with, and not to have regrets in life.
Highlighting the poor academic performances of government schools in the state, Rio said that there is a need to reform the system. He added saying that students should not be deprived of the right to education.
While students of the present generation have a sense of responsibility in them, he said that there are still many things lacking with regards to education. He urged the collective efforts of all stakeholders to prevent the system from collapsing.
While addressing the session, CM Rio appealed to all eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine to seize the opportunity.
Expressing discontent that only around 15% of the population had been vaccinated so far, he urged students to create awareness about the vaccination.
ASU president Vizokho Zashümo, in his presidential address, urged the student community to reflect upon the natural Angami Naga ways of life and norms to enable the “real essence of doing what is wrong even if everybody is doing it and the principled ways of not doing what is wrong even if everybody is doing it”.
He also asked the students to ponder upon what the students as individuals can do for society.
Kesosul Christopher Ltu, Convenor of the Organising Committee, in his address, hoped that the concern would bring about unity among the Naga tribes, especially through the cultural exchanges.
Extending greetings, the first Vice President of the Kohima Sub-Division Students’ Conference, Rev Beilie-ü Shüya encouraged the Angami students to preserve the tradition of wearing traditional attire. The 93-year-old motivated the students to respect the traditions and way of life of the Angami Naga tribe.
Angami Public Organisation (APO) President Kepelhousie Terhuja, while extending greetings hoped that the Angami tribe would continue to maintain a cordial relationship with other Naga tribes. He also encouraged the present generation not to give up on anything and to turn their pain into blessings.
President of the Naga Students Federation (NSF) Ninoto Awomi urged the students to be responsible for contributing to the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that the Angamis has always been at the forefront and the student leader is a strong pillar of the NSF.
Saying that youth and students are architects of society, he encouraged the students not to think of easy success but to work hard and have the vision, determination, and at the same time accept the challenges and make a positive difference in society.