Be aware of misguided youths involved in militancy: President

KISHOREGANJ : President M Abdul Hamid yesterday urged all concerned specially guardians and teachers of educational institutions to be aware of the misguided youths involved in militancy and terrorism, reports BSS.
“A section of misguided youths, even from the affluent families, are being involved in militant and terrorist acts tarnishing country’s image worldwide. . . Teachers and guardians must be aware of these misguided youths,” he told a public gathering on President Abdul Hamid Government College premises at Itna upazila here on the occasion of its 20th founding anniversary.
Terming militancy and terrorism as global problems, President Abdul Hamid categorically said special attention is a must so that no children are involved in such ominous acts.
Abdul Hamid said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman brought country’s Independence with a dream to build a “Sonar Bangla” which would be free from illiteracy, poverty, terrorism, and militancy and, “We, all, have to work unitedly to materialize the dream of Bangabandhu.” The President asked the teachers and students to ensure quality and time-befitting education saying, “Present world is very competitive. You must go ahead overcoming such type of problems.”
He also advised the students to cherish the spirit of the Liberation War and not to forget the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs.
“Keep country’s interests above all. Be firm always on the path of justice and truth. Involve yourselves in different creative activities side by side with your study,” the President told the students.
On corrupt practices, Abdul Hamid said if people’s representatives become honest, government officials would not dare to be indulged in graft. He stressed the need for combating corruption in the greater interest of country’s overall development.
The President termed the election as an integral part of democracy where common people can play a very significant role to hold a free, fair and neutral election. Noting that public representatives and general people should have a good relation for the betterment of the country and its masses, he said, regretting many of the elected representatives forget their respective duties and responsibilities to people affecting country’s hard-earned democracy.
Abdul Hamid recalled his childhood memories in an emotion-chocked voice saying, “I was grown up here and spent a major part of my life with haors people. Although I reside at the Bangabhaban, I always feel the adverse environment of haor, its wild waves of monsoon, haor dwellers’ struggles to protect their homesteads and their sufferings due to lack of sufficient roads.”
Haor region has also witnessed progresses to some extent in many sectors, including communication, the President said, adding that development works would continue here.
“It is very difficult to implement mega development projects in the haors due to its geographical location. Despite that, we must try to develop it,” he mentioned adding “I do believe more changes will take place in the overall infrastructure of haors in the coming days.”
Abdul Hamid said the haors and baors of Kishoreganj are marginalised areas due to its geographical situation while its people always struggle against nature to survive, calling upon all to play their due roles for the development of haor region.
Highlighting the state of education in haor region, he said students continue their studies here amid many limitations and that is why they must build themselves as competent persons to cope with competitive world.
Local lawmakers – Rejwan Ahammad Taufiq, Mohammad Suhrab Uddin and Mohammad Afzal Hossain – and chairman of Kishoreganj Zila Parishad Mohammad Zillur Rahman, among others, spoke.
Earlier, the President visited the site of Itna-Mithamoin-Astagram Road Construction Project and a local school and exchanged views with all concerned.