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Association urges FG to deploy Professional Counsellors in schools

The Association of Professional Counsellors in Nigeria (APROCON) has urged the federal government to deploy massively professional counsellors at all levels of educational system to address moral decadence among students in schools.

It made the call in a communique issued at the end of its 6th annual international conference, held at University of Ilorin, Kwara State

The National President of APROCON, Prof. Ekundayo Ocholi decried the lack of professional counsellors in many schools which is far from what is expected in the nation’s educational system.

The Association made passionate plea to the National Assembly to conclude legislation on the APROCON bill which has now reached an advanced stage, stressing that the Bill when passed and assented to, will regulate and help the mental health concerns in school and non-school settings.

The communique stressed on the following; “a call on government and school proprietors to fully engage professional counsellors in schools. 

“The engagement of counsellors in non-school settings, especially in critical governmental agencies such as NOA, NDLEA, NAPTIP, Correctional Centres. etc., and other humanitarian sector such as the IDP camps.”

On his part, the Vice Chancellor of University of Illorin, Prof. Wahab Egbewole charged the association not to relent in her efforts in youth formation and reformation.

The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, who was represented by Dr. Aliyu Andrew Apeh decried a growing number of youth restiveness in educational institutions.

He however stated that the Federal Ministry of Education had intensified efforts by embarking on initiatives and interventions aimed at reducing high incidences of anti-social behaviours.

He further urged APROCON not to relent in proffering solutions to the social problems.

The communique announced that APROCON will be holding its 2023 national conference in Keffi, Nasarawa State with the theme: “Counselling for Value Re-Orientation”

Writing by Daniel Adejo; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu