By Egbogota Clara
Lagos – The Justice, Development and Peace Centre (JDPC) of the Holy Family Catholic Church, Festac Town has advised parents to inculcate good morals in their children early in life to guard against waywardness.
JDPC Coordinator, Sylvester Edet-Bassey, gave the advice at the centre’s 20th amniversary celebration and commemoration of the International Day of the Family at the church.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the 2018 International Day of Families was observed on May 15, with the theme: “Families and Inclusive Societies”
He urged parents to teach children to imbibe the culture of integrity by demonstrating virtues of integrity.
“When parents led life of integrity, children were likely to follow in the same path and turn out to be responsible citizens in the society.
“The economy is hard and parents are not always around and the schools have a problem too; teachers have to make ends meet so they compromise,’’ he said.
Mrs Grace Adigwe, also a JDPC official at Festac Deanery, urged parents to cherish and depict the values of love, respect and strive to be role models to others around them.
She urged parents to learn from the example of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, who followed the path of God and left a legacy of love, humility and faith.
“Family values does not come from being wealthy, rather, it is the generosity, humility, love and faith that make family stronger.
“Parents should inculcate good morals in their children to prepare them to be successful citizens in the future,’’ she said.
NAN reports that the Festac Deanery of JDPC empowered 20 widows with undisclosed amount of money and presented awards to two widows who were members of JDPC.
Mrs Roseline Okeselu, one of the award recipients, said that faith should remain at the centre of any family saying, faith love, respect, mutual understanding and forgiveness strengthens families.
“Let us pray for the youth to grow up and make the right decisions and following the right path and for them to know the value of love and respect,” she said.