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John ODHE, Yenagoa
A Bayelsa born female lawyer, Barr. Ebizi Eradi who graduated with First Class Honour from the Niger Delta University and repeated same feat at the Nigerian Law School has narrated how she was almost frustrated by randy lecturers.
She made the revelation in Yenagoa, the Bayelsa state capital, during a reception organized in her honour by the Sele Eradiri Foundation in collaboration with other non-governmental organizations with the tagged, ‘schoolnobescam.’
According to the young lawyer, but for prayers, hard work dedication, and decent dressing, she would not have attained the unprecedented feat of becoming the first female student to graduate from the NDU faculty of law with First Class degree in the face of many challenges.
On how she was able to overcome the prevalent challenge of lecturers frustrating students especially the girl child, she said “l would say it’s through prayers. Secondly, l would say it’s the way l kept my self.
“I was very intentional about my dressing, which enable me to get the best dressed female student in the faculty of law, NDU in the year l was graduating. I made sure I didn’t wear skimpy things that would expose sensitive parts of my body.
“I felt that was the starting point for me not to even attract the wrong lecturers to myself. I would say it’s prayer because there was a time when we hard a borrowed course and a particular lecturer waw trying to do something funny.
“When I sensed it from that particular lecturer in the first semester, l had to call home and told them what was going on and we all prayed and prayed.
“At some point, l had to escalate the issue to my HOD and told her what the lecturer was doing and she had to call him and warned him. These are some of the challenges the girl child is likely to face but through prayers and escalating it to the appropriate quarters, l think
they can scale through that.”
She further revealed that the lowest grade she had during her university days was a ‘C’ which was given to her with malice by a particular lecturer who was bent on sleeping with her, stressing that ‘l knew what I wrote but he gave me a ‘C’. I know what I mean.”
Eradiri vowed to use her appointment as the New Face of the Bayelsa Girl Child by the state governor, Senator Douye Diri as a corporate mentorship platform to inculcate reading culture in young Bayelsans.
However, members of the audience at the reception, called on the state government to match words with action in ensuring that the promise made by the governor to sponsor Ebizi Eradi through her Masters and Doctorate degrees in any university of her choice in the world was fulfilled.
Also speaking, convener of the Ebizi homecoming reception, Dr. Ebiekure Eradiri said the ‘schoolnobescam’ tag was initiated to change the current narrative about the youths and raise a new generational leaders through intellectual prowess.
“We want our youths to begin to see education as the real thing for develoent, using Ebizi as a role model,” he added