Pupils of St. Finbarrs, Green Spring, Igbobi college get lessons in accountability
Three schools including St. Finbarr’s College, Green Spring School, Anthony campus and Igbobi College locked horns in an inter-school debate, which centred on accountability.
Chairman of the occasion, Mr. Theo Lawson expressed satisfaction with the students’ performance, saying the way they treated the topics showed that they are conscious of what goes on around them.
Lawson, therefore, challenged leaders in the country to always demonstrate the spirit of accountability with the consciousness that upcoming youths are watching them.
He also suggested that “accountability” should be made a subject in the school curriculum along with others such as Civics and History.
Lawson pointed out that if the government is sincere in stamping out corruption, accountability should be entrenched while the government should be ready to make defaulters scapegoats.
Founder, Kedari charitable foundation, organiser of the programme, Dr. Abimbola Odumosu disclosed that she conceived the idea of inculcating the spirit of accountability in the youths in order to bring about changes in a country that had greatly undermined the importance of accountability.
“I have long noticed the problem of Nigeria not developing as it should because of the absence of accountability in the system by leaders in their various positions each time I was in Nigeria when I was working with United Nations, UNICEF and World Health Organisation (WHO) for over 20 years
“I came to the conclusion that the solution is to address the problem from the grassroots, which gave birth to this programme,” she said.
Greenspring School emerged the overall best and went home with a giant trophy.
A student of Greenspring School who participated in the debate, 15-year old Nasrudeen Babalola agreed that it would do the youth a lot of good to inculcate in them right from a tender age, the spirit of accountability, which is lacking in our leaders, thus creating a vacuum of role models among them.