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VC Laments Moral Decadence Among Youth. by Seuncoded (m): 4:32pm on December 2
Fadeyi Oluwaseun
Ladoke Akintola University Ogbomosho

Professor Jeremiah Ojediran, Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State has expressed the negative impact of modernization on the lives of youths in the society, saying it has resulted in a near loss of values on which the society stands.

Thus, he tasked stakeholders in the education sector, parents and the society of the need to arrest the waning moral values before the bug is transferred to the younger generation.

Speaking during the 5th Annual Seminar Series organized by the Bells University Parents Forum (PUBF), the discussants, Mrs. Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji and Dr. Mashudat Bello-Mojeed lamented that the traditional and moral standard that stood the society out and which were the guiding principles passed down from generations before have been eroded by the challenges of modernization.

In his welcome address at the seminar tagged: “Youth and Challenges of Modernisation” the VC described the choice of the theme as timely, saying that the patterns of behaviours among youths in the society that low morality is consequent on modernization.

In her presentation, Dr. Bello-Mojeed, consultant Psychiatrist Special Grade 1 with the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Lagos described youth as a critical phase between childhood and adulthood characterized by specific issues in the modernized, technologically advanced and revolutionized the world of today.

Drawing an analogy between the old and new generation, she identified traditional values as one of the characteristics of the old generation compared to modern day life where actions and conducts of youths are guided and directed by the reality television show, saying that solutions if not properly handled could escalate beyond the competence of the traditional nation-state.

She lamented the challenge of modernization that includes pre-adolescent sexual intimacy, distortion of every children song with sexual notes, broken and dysfunctional family patterns, abuse of drugs and alcohol, violence and cultism, homosexuality and adoption of kids by gay parents, saying all of these have paved the way for a wide gap in youth development and unnatural family set up.

On the way forward, she explained that since modernization comes with mixed challenges parents and the society at large must respond to the needs of youth and consider the negative issues as everybody’s business.

Speaking in the same vein, Akerele-Ogunsiji, Founder/CEO of Rise Networks challenged the older generation to correct the make belief ideas passed to the new generation, saying that the blame game should give way to the development of responsible youth.

“We are in a country where old men and women steal our money to earn chieftaincy titles and honourary degrees. Nobody can blame my generation where old men sleep with other people’s children and we were told that leadership should be by example. What have we learnt from the old generation over the years? The people who worked hard, parents who hustle to pay children school from their legitimate earnings are not recognized.

“On the other hand parents that are criminals are the ones who win awards and their children turn round to make children of the honest Nigerians feel their parents are guilty. What kind of examples are parents laying for the young generation? Leaders have failed to build values that could have shaped the society”.

She tasked managers of the education sector to redesign the curriculum in the country, saying that the present one does not prepare graduates for challenges of tomorrow.

“The highest paid jobs in Nigeria today did not exist 10 years ago. If Nigeria’s curriculum does not include artificial intelligence, data science, data analytics, social media management, and critical thinking among others our youths will continue to populate the unemployed market,” she added.

Source: https://www.independent.ng/vc-laments-moral-decadence-among-youths/

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