The increasing crime rate, kidnapping, cultism and other societal anomalies in the country can be reduced through effective parenting, the governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika, have said.
They proffered the solution in Lagos during the 10th Triennial National Conference of Ansaru-Ud-Deen Society of Nigeria with the theme, ‘Parenting and psychosocial effects of immorality, insecurity, and economic challenges to nationhood’.
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Addressing the conference, Sanwo-Olu said the failure of the family system as the first agent of socialisation was part of the reasons for the challenges and that it was time for everyone to work towards ensuring that the family returns to its role of nurturing the children.
The governor, who was represented by the commissioner for Housing, Moruf Akinderu-Fatai, lamented that parents no longer stayed at home to care for their children as expected of them, thereby leaving the children to make decisions that could affect their lifestyles.
On his part, Sirika, who delivered the lecture at the event, said parents must be firm while inculcating societal morals in their children in order to have a better society that would be devoid of crimes.
The minister, who was represented by the National Missioner of Ansaru-Ud-Deen, AbdulRahaman Ahmad, said those terrorising the nation were all products of poor parenting.