Parents responsible for deteriorating moral values-Aluko
By Mary Agidi & Agboola Fesobi
Although government has provided a formal educational system, more needed to be done to create employment opportunities while parents must strive to inculcate moral values in their children and wards so as to curb the increasing rate of vices in the society.
The above submission was given by opinion leaders, religious and traditional leaders in Akure as a solution to the deteriorating moral values which has led to frequent criminal acts recently.
Contributing, an elderstateman, Chief Femi Aluko held parents responsible for the increasing social vices in the society, noting that perpetrators of crimes come from homes.
He lamented the rate at which some parents run after wealth to the detriment of their children, leaving them at the care of househelps and teachers, and therefore deny them of parental moral instructions.
“I want parents to take care of their children, charity begins at home, the early they start monitoring and mentoring them the better. They should not leave their children in the hands of teachers or any other person.
“The government is trying its best by providing schools and colleges, children should still be monitored to the university because most of our undergraduates are not doing well in character”, he said.
The former Commissioner for Information in Ondo state however corroborated the fact that unemployment rate is also another factor that contributes to the degradation of moral standard in the society, and therefore appealed to the government to proffer solutions to the problem.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the Christians Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Ondo state chapter, Rev. John Ayo-Oladapo also said loss of virtues emanates from homes and extend to the society.
He lamented the rate at which the level of respect, decency, and hardwork continue to deteriorate while affecting societal orientation.
“Every family needs to go back to God, that is how we can get our values back and get our bearing right. Every institution, government, religious and traditional institutions should be entrenched in the fear of God. The school system too should go back to the olden days where moral values and discipline were given to the students”, he said.
The Chief Imam of Police Central Mosque Akure, Mallam Taofeek Akintola said the moral decadence in our society calls for immediate concern of all stakeholders.
He asserted that the society started losing its values by importing western culture and imposing it over our tradition and cultures.