…Calls for concerted effort
By Barth Ndubuwah, Port Harcourt
Worried by the drift in family values in our society, a group known as the International Centre For Family Care And Rehabilitation(ICFCR) has organized a maiden conference in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital to re-orientate people on the need to uphold their family values for the betterment of the society.
Addressing the gathering, the President of ICFCR, Barr (Mrs) Julie Oguara said “no society globally can exist to optimize its potential without stable and functional families that constitute the larger society.”
She said her group as a non-governmental organization founded on the principles of ‘building a stable society’, has over time discovered that “a family can only be stable and highly successful when every member of same family is spiritually, emotionally, psychologically, sociologically and economically attaining his or her God given potential”. According to her, this is only be possible in an environment where peace, love, trust, mutual respect for one another and hard work hold sway.
The ICFCR President therefore called for a concerted effort of all the people and families to come together and discuss the issues, with a view to finding solution to the deteriorating values in our society today.
Reflecting on the theme of the conference, ‘ Rebuilding the Family’, Barr Oguara said “a stable and successful society can be achieved by humanity when we all come together as a people and family to sincerely discuss the issues besieging the entire human society and proffer solutions that would engender our most desired type of families that would make a better place for all to live in”.
The ICFCR Boss also told the audience that her organization had in addition been involved in counseling and radio programmes to pursue its vision.
Enumerating some of the aims and objectives of her organization, which Mrs Oguara said are, to nurture Godly family and relationship value at all levels and to foster societal development.
Others she said are, to equip persons with essential family life and relational skills, to create a platform for public advocacy on family life and societal development.
In his remarks the chairman of the occasion, Sir Michael Sunday Igben expressed optimism that ICFCR will grow from strength to strength and achieve its mandate. He stressed the need for families to steer aright the ship of positive family values to stabilize the society.
Igben urged the resource persons to do justice to their assigned topics, which he said will elicit suggestions/solutions to the nagging problem of fallen family values. He charged participants to take advantage of the discussions and better their lots, noting that it is only when families brandish good moral values that the society will be peaceful.
Earlier in his keynote address, the Founder of Oneflesh Ministry International, Pastor Collins Edebiri had identified some of the problems of the family as inability of parents to remodel themselves with realities of this new generation. According to him, God expects the family to have a good name, which he said is better than wealth.
Edebiri said it is compulsory for parents to give their children good education and equally teach them positive values. He charged families to be ready to fight battles against enemies of progress and to bequeath good heritage to their children.
Other speakers at the event include, Barr (Mrs) Otuonye Okon and the representative of the National Orientation Agency(NOA) State Director,
Mr Oliver Wolugbom who harped on proper upbringing of the children by their parents.
The duo also emphasized on the need for parents to be friendly with their children to allow them share their worries in the families. They appealed to women to reduce the financial pressure on fathers that usually drive them to negative tendencies.