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Moral education, values critical to national growth, says Oyediran

By Ujunwa Atueyi   |   13 October 2016   |   2:20 am


Citing the rising level of moral decadence and social ills prevalent in the country, Professor of Construction Economics and Quantity Surveying, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Olukayode Sunday Oyediran, says going back to moral education and values will set the country on recovery path.

Speaking at the 2016 speech and prize-giving ceremony of Dansol High School, Agidingbi, Lagos State, Oyediran maintained that instilling moral values in children is very imperative as through such, they would achieve excellence, which its multiplier effect will benefit the nation.

Speaking on the theme, “Celebrating Excellence Through Godly Wisdom,” the university teacher urged families and schools to go back to the basics and begin to teach moral values, character education, as well as other soft skills, to enable them coexist effectively, and harmoniously with other people, live responsibly and imbibe good leadership qualities.

“He said: Excellence is only possible and available in God, and excellence will be achieved through moral and Christian values, based on the Bible. Our society would be healthy and saner if we don’t abandon God. Values from the West are not necessarily the best for us. Taking them hook, line and sinker will ruin our future. Once moral values are destroyed, there is no hope for any nation, whether economically or technologically because everything is going to break down ultimately.”

Corroborating Oyediran’s view, proprietress of the school, Mrs. Adun Akinyemiju, said it was in recognition of the import of moral values and education that the school, right from its inception resolved to refine every child that passes through.

She said: “Having realised our societal challenge, we decided to bring the word of God into education, as embedded in our vision and mission statement. Any child that graduates from our school is raised as a Daniel. A child that has spirit of excellence, mind of Christ, humble, craves to work hard, and capable of saying no to the king’s rich food. And the king’s rich food is the whole lot that we see outside.”

She said the yearly ceremony gives the pupils an impetus and competitive spirit of wanting to work harder. “And it is a healthy spirit, it makes them feel ‘yes I can do better.’

Director of Schools, Esan Oladapo, said the school has record tremendous academic successes due to the deployment of good methodology in the selection of its faculty members.

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