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The President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has challenged the Catholic Bishops of Nigeria to come up with a Catholic education curriculum that will be responsive to the peculiar challenges the country is facing today. He also urged the bishops to help find lasting solution to the dwindling moral values in the country. The President’s call was contained in his message to the first Plenary Meeting of the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) for the year 2012, delivered at the opening ceremony by the Minister of Works, Architect Mike Onolememen, at the Conference hall of Our Lady Queen of Nigeria pro-Cathedral, Garki, Abuja, on Sunday, February 20, 2012.

The president contended: “This will help to evolve a purposeful culture that recipients can leverage upon to enhance their values and perception of their duties to God and the Nation, while at the same time minimizing or completely eradicating the social vices that we face in our country today.”

He continued: “The biblical teachings of Jesus Christ point to the fact that good education enhances the soundness of the mind. Therefore, when you train a child in the way of the Lord, that child will not depart from it, and he will be a shining star to his/her generation; helping to illuminate the dark recesses of our Nation.”

Describing the theme for the plenary: Catholic Education and the New Evangelization, most apt and timely; the President declared: “No doubt, one of the challenges before us as a nation at this time is to improve on our standard of education. It is in the light of this that my administration will support the efforts of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Nigeria in its quest to bequeath quality education to Nigerians of diverse cultures and religious faith. It is my hope that this Conference will strive to find a lasting solution to the dwindling moral values in our country.

Commending the role and quality of Catholic education in the development of the country, President Jonathan noted that “moral and religious education and dissemination of basic religious knowledge to the faithful remain the bedrock for a healthy socio-political environment where understanding, peaceful co-existence, and mutual cooperation among the people strive.”

The President called on the bishops to pray for those who have been saddled with the responsibility of directing the affairs of the country at this critical time of the nation’s history adding that: “our citizens must move away from the culture of violence and impunity that has threatened the corporate existence of our nation in recent times, and turn a new leaf in order that the labour of our heroes past may not be in vain.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 06 March 2012 08:11