8 July 2016
A medical practitioner, Dr Olujimi Coker, has said that the pervasive “get-rich-quick’’ syndrome among Nigerian youths is bringing the country to its knees.
In a presentation at the 36th Speech Day and Prize Giving Ceremony of the Federal Government College, Ijanikin, near Lagos on Friday, Coker said the development was systematically destroying moral values in the country.
He warned that the development must be checked urgently, if the country would produce leaders to hold the nation together in the near future.
According to him, it is only hard work that can distinguish today’s youths as they strive for excellence in their areas of endeavour.
Coker, who was the guest speaker at the ceremony, noted that hard work was the only antidote to overcoming poverty.
The medic admonished the 388 graduating students not to take shortcuts in their pursuits and never to go through life looking for lines of least resistance.
“You will meet different people from different walks of life and because of your independence, it is tempting to let your guards down.
“Work on your communication skills because conflicts and misunderstanding arise because of poor communication,’’ Coker stated.
The principal of the college, Mrs Ayibanegiesa Ibukun-Oyewole, said the school had introduced office practice and insurance as part of measures to boost entrepreneurial development in the country.
She said the initiative was meant to expand career choices for students, noting that the institution had continued to offer diversified curriculum in line with the national policy on education.
Ibukun-Oyewole also lamented what she described as the steady decline of moral values among secondary school students across the country.
She blamed the development on poor parental guidance, urging the Federal Government to introduce measures to check moral decadence among youths.
“Many of us parents are permissive and live in denial of who our children are.
“This is not too good because in bringing up an all-round individual, we must all play our roles as parents and teachers,’’ she said.