Thursday, 16 July 2015

Eminent Nigerians Lament Decay of Moral Values, calls for Introduction of Moral Education Into Schools Academic Curriculum

The four days annual national conference of the Association for Moral Education Nigeria (AME N) has ended at Awka, the capital of Anambra State with a call for introduction of moral education into schools academic curriculum.

This is even as the educationists advised teachers and parents to expedite action towards rejuvenating moral education into children.

The event which attracted crème de la crème from all parts of the country including commissioners of various ministries, traditional rulers and moral crusaders, among other things urged the younger generations to utilise the influence of social media for national development.  

They lamented that the soaring rate of immoralities among Nigerians, on social media especially, could bring the nation on her knees if not if not checkmated by their parents and teachers.

Speaking at the occasion, entitled Moral Education: Bedrock for National Development, the former Inspector-General of Police, Sir (Dr) Mike Okiro, who doubles as the Chairman, Police Service Commission, Abuja decried that the display of ill-gotten wealth by corrupt individuals has affected the psych of the younger generation negatively; and needed urgent rescue before it goes out of control.

His words: “Unnecessary display of ill-gotten wealth threatened and still threatens Nigeria’s democratic political process. When the leaders and the people think of public service in instrumental way, accountability declines, and national development is adversely affected. It is not out of place to note at this juncture that the youths of this great country need inspiring role models who make positive contributions to the communities/society, because as of now most of our youths are growing up without knowing that corruption is socially injurious”.

Declaring the event open, earlier, the State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, represented by the Commissioner for Information, Tourism and Culture, Dr Uju Nwogu says that moral education is more of character building, but regretted the devastating decay in morality in our society.

“In Anambra, we are trying to restore morality and to re-activate Igbos lost values. Ancient Igbos and Africa used to be respectful.  This is because lack of morality amounts to lack of fear of God. Thus, we are laying emphasis on moral education in schools in order to catch them young; we are also retraining our teachers. Negative usage of the social media is destroying our society today. In schools, reports have it that children watch pornographic movies and pictures and that must be stopped.”

In a keynote address, a visiting Professor of National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN), Goodwill Obioma, who spoke on Moral Education And National Development In Nigeria: Laying The Foundations Through School Sessions, bewailed the corrosion of core Igbo values such as respect for elders, helping the weak and aged, and enjoined Nigerians to wake-up from slumber.

Obioma further enjoined President Muhammadu Buhari to buy into their campaign to entrench Moral Education to schools academic curriculum so as to reach both the young and old.

The Professor equally called on Governor Obiano and Anambra State ministry of education to set the pace in inculcating moral education to the curriculum, starting from the teacher institutes.

On her opening speech earlier, the national coordinator of the group, Sr. Mary Jude-Theresa Nwodo (IHM) says the annual conference which is first of its kinds to be held in Africa was aimed at breathing life into the comatose social value of Nigerians through campaign for addition of moral education into schools academic curriculum.



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