Professor Jeremiah Oludele Ojediran, Vice-Chancellor, Bells University of Technology, Ota, Ogun State, has blamed parents for sacrificing good conduct for societal ills among youths in the country.
Speaking during the 7th annual Bells University Parents’ Forum (BUPF) seminar series held at the institution’s main auditorium, the VC lamented that the Omoluabi ethos (humility, good character) appears to have been ‘sacrificed on the altar of modernism, get rich quick and all manners of aberrations.”
He said despicable conducts that were despised in the past and considered bad have now become meaningless to the youths.
“These anomalies are what we encourage and celebrate in our youths, today. Then, where and what are our value systems?
“The youth should always be our focus of attention because they are the future of the society; we all yearn for. If we are the bridge between yesterday and today, they are the bridge between our today and tomorrow,” he added.
Ojediran commended the BUPF for sustaining the annual seminar organised by parents to address issues that are germane to the education sector, the Society at large, as well as the well-being of the youth.
Rotimi Dosunmu, Chairman, BUPF, lauded the support of the university management, saying that the quality of resource persons invited for the seminars, over the years, are testimonies to the determination of the forum to make the youth pride of the future for the families and the country.
Greatness Olorunfemi, one of the resource persons, tasked the youth to create their businesses and become self-sustaining.
The Founder and President of Greatness unleashed by Love Foundation charged the students to begin to develop an entrepreneurial mindset that challenges the status quo, saying connotes the idea of not giving up on dreams and not living the life of a mediocre or being is good.