Hard work Pays, Bishop Okoye Tells Students

 …Tasks them to cultivate Disciplined Lifestyle

By Chioma Ndife

The Auxiliary Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Awka, Most Rev. Jonas Benson Okoye, has emphasized the importance of hard work in any given field, calling on students and youths to work hard in order achieve their potentials.

Bishop Okoye who made the call while speaking to students of St. Patrick’s College, Awka, during the inauguration of 2021/2022 academic year and the 7th investiture of the College, tasked the students to cultivate a disciplined lifestyle to enable them to excel and achieve their potentials.

Bishop Okoye who has just been appointed the bishop of Nnewi Diocese, explained that for one to make any meaningful achievement in life, such a person must be committed and disciplined as it kept one on track and described it as the propeller that pushed people to act in accordance with laid down rules and regulations. He noted that the cultivation of indiscipline among young minds was a time bomb, noting that such would have an adverse effect on society.

He beckoned on the school Management to sustain the tempo of discipline and hard work which had enabled the school to attain its height in the field of excellence. He added that discipline and hard work stood such individuals out from the crowd and made them to excel in all they did.

‘Discipline of life is the hallmark of human existence, without which nothing works in life. Discipline is needed to follow the academic programme; discipline to curtail some extracurricular activities carried out within the school premises and outside.

‘Bearing in mind that this is a day school, the school must develop measures to checkmate what the students do at home and possibly curtail the excesses through training and instilling of discipline in such an individual’s life.

‘A disciplined child will minimize some extra activities that encroaches into his or her academic programme and should be able to study,’ he explained.

He commended the development which the College had recorded in all spheres and congratulated the newly invested students, urging them to key into the provisions which the Catholic owned College had made available to ensure their holistic formation. He noted that there was need for harmonious co-relationship among all persons in the college, as such would help the College to achieve it mission and vision, saying that no meaningful progress could be recorded in a chaotic environment.

The Catholic prelate maintained that the endpoint of anyone’s education was the benefit which humanity derived from the acquisition of such knowledge and stated that education became useless if they were not beneficial to humanity as making anew the face of the earth was the main purpose why people strove to acquire knowledge.

He said that the awareness of seeing God face to face on the last day would propel people to do good by utilizing their knowledge effectively in the service of God and humanity, as that was the hallmark and the primary purpose of the attainment of any knowledge and stated that those who employed their knowledge in causing havoc needed to be re-examined to ascertain how they drifted.