Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu on Friday offered valuable advice to university students during the 32nd Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) graduation ceremony in Juja, Kiambu County.

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The Governor appealed to comrades to quit and stay away from drugs abuse which he observed was the main disaster leading young people to hopelessness and destruction.

Babayao, as he is popularly known, noted his administration was currently rehabilitating a big number of alcohol and drug abuse victims, saying the situation could have been avoided had the youths decided to take control of their lives by avoiding to fall into the destructive trap.

"We call upon our students to restrain from this cancerous vice that has degraded lives of many gifted individuals leaving them hopeless and in severe cases costing their lives," he said.

Waititu encouraged the graduands to purpose to change the world and reminded them their certificates were "just blunt instruments which they must all be committed to sharpen to befit global expectations".

"You must plan to work smart to enrich its worth. To do this, live a life of integrity. Do not conform to peer pressure and societal norms but be true to yourself and do not give in to life’s frustrations," he urged.

The county boss added: "Remember we all create our own environment, go out there charged to live a successful, peaceful and focused life. As we unfold the new chapter in our lives let's all dream big, start small and start now."

Here is Waititu's full speech.