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PROMOTING FAMILY VALUES FOR THE SAKE OF THE PRESENT & FUTURE GENERATIONS: VIEWS FROM THE DIASPORA — THE NIGERIAN WOMAN I KNEW – THEN & NOW — By: Jumoke Akin-Taylor

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PROMOTING FAMILY VALUES & VIRTUES: FOR THE SAKE OF PRESENT & FUTURE GENERATIONS ‘’If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?’’ Psalm 11:3. When a bad practice is continued over a period of time, it becomes the norm; hence the need for proactive measures to shape the conducts of the young ones in their formative years through adolescence, through family values. Evidently, the whole world is in a defining period, given several sordid occurrences that are obtruding themselves, particularly issues dealing with family values and collaboration of husband and wife to raise their children and wards properly at this period, when modernization has brought along with it the erosion of our values, cultures and traditions. There is widespread moral decadence that has eaten into the very fabrics of the society. And regrettably, this issue is not limited to youths alone; but also some renegades who have reached ages of maturity. The society is in bad shape today (It is a global phenomenon) Government, parents, the civil society and organizations with parental responsibilities have not lived up to expectations. One of our promises at inception is to bring you views and opinions of Nigerians in the Diaspora so they could be part of the development agenda that could throw Nigeria up to the highest heights possible. One of such opinions from the Diaspora was sent in by ‘Jumoke Akin-Taylor, a Construction Management Engineer; an active member of the Nigerians In Diaspora Organization, and passionate believer in the Nigeria project. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Construction Management Association of America & the Design Build of America Owner’s Steering Committee. She contributed this piece from California, United States, that has to do with improving family values and virtues that should be dear to every well-meaning person. It is titled: THE NIGERIAN WOMAN I KNEW – THEN & NOW: ‘’I have read with great amazement the horror stories of the tragedy that now plagues our community.  Marriages are ending in divorce and worse in death.  We are breeding a new generation of children that see marriage as a mere convenience, that the law is no longer a necessary tool to end a bad marriage; instead the gun or knife will forever silence one partner. The wife will no longer be able to stand and fight for a life she desires or achieve her destiny; instead, she becomes statistics, a…

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