The Education and Cultural Affairs Specialist, United States Consulate General, Clem Ayegbusi, has advised students to explore study opportunities in the United States.
At the event which was held on Thursday at Government Senior Model College, Ikorodu, Ayegbusi spoke on the many scholarship opportunities available in the United States and encouraged the students to be ambitious and hardworking.
He said, “Some of the opportunities include the Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program, which is a three-week intensive academic and cultural exchange in the United States for secondary school students.
“There is also the Education USA Opportunity Funds Program for high-achieving low-income students.
“To be eligible for these scholarships, you must be academically excellent, participate in extra-curricular activities, speak and write perfect English, and possess proven leadership skills.”
He admonished the students to be confident and outspoken, adding that he was once a beneficiary of one of these programs.
While giving the welcome address, the President of the Herbert H. Humphrey Fellowship Alumni Association, Ms Mojisola Onifade, said, “It does not matter whether your parents are rich or poor. What matters is your willingness to change your destiny.
“I also want to encourage you to believe in Nigeria because this country has the potential to be great.”
The program, which drew students from various schools, also featured a presentation by the guest speaker, the co-founder and coordinator of Treasure Life (Rehabilitation) Centre, Mrs. Felicia Ikechukwu, who spoke to the students about substance abuse and peer pressure.
According to her, there has been a sporadic rise in the use of narcotic substances among youths, especially in the Ikorodu area of Lagos.
Ikechukwu then highlighted some of the negative influences of drug abuse and how one can resist the pressure to indulge in illegal substances.