Nigerian tertiary institutions’ failure to go beyond the mere provision of academic guidance to their students has led to the production of morally-deficient graduates.
Half-baked: Morally Deficient Grads Polluting Nigeria’s Economy
The Director General of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mike Omeri, said this at a re-orientation programme organised by the College of Education, Minna, Niger State.
Represented by Director, Planning, Research and Statistics at the agency, Barrister Bennert Tagwai, Omeri noted that institutions of higher education must realise that their roles extend beyond ensuring academic excellence.
“The concern of institutions of higher learning should be, in addition to academic excellence, the genuineness of character and moral uprightness of its products,” he said.
Failure to do this is has resulted in a crisis “where all forms of social vices have expression”.
“The trend has led to the production of half-baked graduates, who later find their way into public and private sectors of the nation’s economy.”
The DG added that NOA is dedicated to encourage dialogue among young people, policy makers and the larger society even as it works towards “leading the nation’s youth back to the straight and narrow path of propriety, ethical goodness and moral rectitude”.