Christian leaders proffer solution to corruption
President of Association of Christian Schools in Nigeria (ACSN), Dr. Ekaette Etang, has argued that for the country to address the hydra-headed corruption plague, it must first confront the problem from its educational institutions.
She pointed out that the designers of the country’s education curriculum form its foundation level to tertiary level must be deliberate in inculcating aspects of learning and teaching that will develop strong sense of character, virtues and habits that would target the holistic development of the individual.
The educationist stated this in Jos at the opening of a national leadership Training retreat for proprietors and teachers from across the country. She challenged particular the Christian schools to take the lead in the transformation of Nigerian society through provision of re-qualitative education that is exemplary as well as quantitative education that must be holistic while touching every part of the child or pupil.”
According to her, “Christian school that fails to teach discipleship and obedience in all ramifications to these students or pupils cannot be said to be different from other conventional schools.”
Also at the event, a member of the elders’ forum of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Evangelist Matthew Owojaiye, lamented that vices such as cultism, alcoholism and drug addiction have become prevalent in schools, and advocated collective action from all and sundry to fight the menace head on.”
“We must rescue our family, the church, our state, the nation and the entire world for Christ. No individual can do it. No denomination can do it. Our children are facing pressures they are not prepared for which we never faced in our time. It is time for us to stand together to face the realities of our time. It is time to forge unity and face the hordes of hell raised against us,” Owojaiye stressed.
Chairman, CAN Plateau State, Dr. Soja Bewarang and President, Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria, Dr. Steve Dangana both challenged proprietors of Christian schools in the country to be above board in their activities, adding that the exorbitant school fees charged by some of them was at variance with the teachings of Jesus Christ and the faith they profess.
The four-day national training retreat which had as its theme “Speaking With One Voice” had participants drawn from Plateau, Adamawa, Kaduna, Taraba and Nasarawa states.
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