The National Orientation Agency (NOA) has charged Nigerian Youths to imbibe the national core values and be agents of change to make the country a better society.
Speaking at a character education workshop in Abuja, the Director-General of NOA, Dr Garba Abari, said youths, who represent 70% of the nation’s population, can only be a driving force for transformation if they are patriotic, discipline, and promote peace.
The NOA DG, represented by the Director, Orientation and Behavioral Modification, Theresa Nnalue, maintained that the surge of optimism for a better world brought along complex problems and controversial character issues.
Dr Abari stressed the need for balanced treatment in developing the intellectual mind and moral judgment of young people, to enable them to make informed decisions.
He said the agency had embarked on programmes that would promote attitudinal change and curb the excesses observed among young people.
In their separate remarks, the representative of the independent corrupt practices and other related offences commission (ICPC), Ufon Sunday, and the representative of the FCT, UBEB, Erueme Aladetoyinbo, among others, called for collaboration in the development of wholesale content in the social media space.
The Universal Peace Federation Africa Regional Chairman, Dr Katherine Rigney, represented by the Vice-President, UPF Africa, Dr Pattern Zinzun, emphasised that ethical and moral teaching remained the key for all-round child development.
The Training was organised by the UPF in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education, aimed at building the capacity of teachers in Nigeria to meet Society’s expectations.
Reporting by Julian Osamoto; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor