10 Apr Building a Strong Nation Starts From The Home – Bishop Oyedepo
Bishop David Oyedepo, has advised parents to intentionally add the lessons of morale in their children as this would aid them in becoming better future leaders for a strong nation.
The General Overseer of Living Faith Church Worldwide (Winners Chapel), and Chancellor, Covenant University, Ota in Ogun State, gave the advice in his address at the 15th Inaugural Lecture of the institution on Monday in Ota.
The lecture titled: “Lengthening Cords and Strengthening Stakes: Leadership Praxis and Transcendence in Counselling Practice.’’
According to him, building a strong nation is a collective effort that needs to start from homes.
“Every individual has been victims of unskilled leadership at all levels, especially in family, business and career levels.
“If the nation and other African countries do not have the required skill to get some tasks done, they will continue to struggle with their challenges forever,’’ he said.
Bishop Oyedepo said that many of the crises and challenges being experienced in the country was as result of bad leadership.
He also called for strong leadership institutions that would address these challenges.
In another lecture by Prof. Aize Obayan, said that greater attention should be paid to the family, parenting structure, child rearing practices, mind formation and the roles of schools, so as to have responsible citizens.
Obayan, a former Vice-Chancellor of the institution, said that lack of quality education, misplaced values and cultural disorientation were major factors militating against good leadership in the country.
According to her, universities should not only offer qualitative knowledge-based curriculum, but also train students to be relevant in their time. She said that negligence of education had been a challenge that led to poor leadership in Nigeria.
“The governance in a nation cannot be achieved without educating the young in the art of leadership.
“The goal of leadership is service, but the skill required to serve a nation at all levels is quality education,” she said.
Obayan stressed the need to equip students with required skill and aptitude for political leadership, especially for them to be responsible leaders in whatever vocation they find themselves. She stressed the need for leaders to be thoroughly educated, build capacity and relevance from the university so as to contribute to national development.
Obayan implored universities to embrace innovation and efficiency and as well prepare for change, by setting the right priorities in the face of continuous influx of new demands.