A professor of political science, and one time secretary to the Plateau state government Prof. Shedrack Best has identified failure in educational sector in Nigeria as the major challenge in curbing insecurity among Nigerian youths.
“The failure in the educational sector has brought about the increasing violence, cultism, substance abuse, alcoholism and other social verses by our youth, been witnessing across Nigeria on a daily bases is as a result of the failure in standard of education, most youth no longer envisaged any future.”
He stressed that “If you (government) don’t educate the youth both in formal and non formal education, they become instruments for destruction, but if the youth are educated properly, they became tools for peace and nation building.” Mr Best emphasized.
Prof. Best stated this Wednesday in an interview with Journalists at the Film Institute Jos, Plateau state, shortly after he presented a public lecture at a symposium, organized by National Association of Nigerian Students NANS vice President Special duties Felix Attah, a symposium for students and youth of every sector to shun violence.
The political Science lecturer who was a lecturer the university of Jos, also informed that government at every level seems to have failed in it primary responsibilities of protecting lives and property.
Earlier in an address, convener of the public lecture, National Association of Nigerian Students NANS vice President Special duties Comrade Felix Attah, said the symposium is aimed at curtailing violence among Nigerian youths.
“Nigerian youth must distance themselves from every form of violence, we must not allow ourselves to be used as tools for destruction by politicians in the forthcoming elections.”
Comrade Attah expressed worries over continuous killings ongoing in Nigeria “NANS in it entirety condemn in strong term the inhumane killing in the north central, especially in Benue, Taraba and Plateau states, and the north east.”
NANS vice President special duties warned politicians to desist from using youth as thugs during electioneering.
Comrade Attah said NANS has constitutional mandate to educate youth on good norms “the activities of NANS are carried out within the frame work of it’s constitution, which are captured, but limited to advocate/ensuring quality education for all Nigerian students at all times.”
“NANS discharges it services and constructively agitate for the welfare of Nigerian students.”
In his address managing director Nigeria film Institute Jos, Chidi Maduake commended organizers of the event, said it was timely.
The managing director stated that such gathering well help build an enduring and sustainable future for the next generation of Nigerians.
Mr. Maduake also call for the need to end violence among Nigerian youth “violence among our youth needs to be contained, we are living in Nigeria as if w are in the animal kingdom, where lives are not important, people are been killed every day, it is becoming alarming” He informed.