The Commissioner for Lands, Survey and Urban Development, Mr Uche Nwosu, gave the charge at an interactive forum with the executive members of the association on Saturday in Owerri.
Nwosu described cultism as a menace that had distracted a lot of students from academic work, saying it should be tackled effectively.
He advised the students to conduct their activities honourably and responsibly as future leaders of the country.
“You have a big duty as officials of Imo State students.
“Over two million Imo state students are looking up to you, you should be bold to defend them, your state and the nation at large,” he said.
He said that as beneficiaries of the free education policy of the state government, students should reciprocate by shunning cultism and other societal vices.
He later donated a new 14-seater bus to the union.
Earlier, the President of NAISS, Comrade Amarachi Erezieo for said they were in a familiarisation visit to the commissioner.
He expressed gratitude to the commissioner for his support and to the state government for its free education policy.
He expressed the association’s support to government.
Erezieofor enumerated some of the projects to be embarked upon by the union to include campaign against indecent dressing, cultism, street hawking by children under the age of 13.
He said that they also planned to organise debate among secondary schools in the state where topics like the preservation of the Igbo culture, danger of cultism and the need to revive agriculture would be discussed.
He thanked the commissioner for the bus donation and promised to use it for the furtherance of the activities of the union.
NAISS is an umbrella body that covers all the Imo students in various academic institutions in the country. (NAN)
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