Lagos State Deputy Governor, Dr. Kadri Obafemi Hamzat, has emphasised the need for Nigerians to take proper care of their homes and ensure that their families remain an integral part of the society to curb prevailing social vices.
Dr. Hamzat made the call on Sunday at the 17th Late Justice Muri-Okunola Memorial Ramadan Lecture held at the Eko FM Marquee, Agidingbi-Ikeja, adding that it is important for parents to take good care of their homes and children while being conscious of happenings in their immediate environment.
He said: “We need to reinforce that as parents, we need to take care of our kids and be conscious of what is going on in our environment. I think that is what we need to do as well as make sure that every one of us can account for the activities of our children”.
“The problem we are facing today is that we are not doing what is expected of us as people and we lack good parenting. We must do the right thing, if not there will be no peace”, he noted.
While berating the quick money syndrome among young Nigerians, the Deputy Governor described such an attitude as morally and spiritually wrong, stressing that people involved in devilish acts for the sake of money should know that there are negative consequences for such endeavour.
He, therefore, charged parents with proper training and upbringing of their children, warning them against the repercussions of the neglect of their wards both spiritually and physically.
Speaking further, Dr. Hamzat said that there is a need to recalibrate the society while suggesting responsive and responsible parenting as some of the solutions to the various challenges facing the nation.
In his lecture, titled: “Bleeding Society: Islamic Panacea to Quick Money Syndrome”, Dr. Mustapha Bello of the Department of Religious and Peace Studies, Lagos State University, Ojo, decried the quick money syndrome which is now common among youths in the country.
He charged parents on proper upbringing and parenting of their children, advising that they should be mindful of the kind of friends and companies their children keep, give them spiritual education and teach them the way of the Almighty Allah.
“If parents raise their children in a Godly way, they will be good to them during their lifetime and thereafter”, Dr. Bello said.
Also in her lecture, tagged: “Downward Trend in Life Expectancy: Factors and Remedies”, the Director, General Studies, Lagos State University, Ojo, Prof. Simiat Olanike Elias, called on all to practise good hygiene, take the right nutrition and exercise regularly at least five times a week to help increase life expectancy.
She added that stress should be avoided while seeking regular medical check-ups and using prescribed medication to avoid unexpected ailments.