The Nigerian government has been advised to make Guidance and Counselling services mandatory in all institutions of learning.
Establishing counselling centres in Nigerian institutions of higher learning will go a long way to assist students to identify the main sources of their stresses and learn appropriate coping strategies.
This is the view of a Professor of Guidance and Counselling at the University of Ilorin, Kwara state.
Professor Yahyah, while delivering 166 Inaugural Lecture of the University of Ilorin titled “School Counselling: Key to unlocking golden opportunities in life”, said this would prepare and fortify the youths with requisite skills.
According the him, “there is also a need for students to be properly guided and counselled on choice of careers, adaptability to work environment, respect for constituted authority, relationship with colleagues, and career progression”.
Professor Yahyah also stated that marital counselling could be helpful in building and sustaining a blissful marital life.
He emphasised the need for youths counselling tips on how to make marriages successful, as a recipe for meaningful living.
“If counselling is given the deserved attention, most of the cases of deviant behaviours which are rampant in the Nigerian institutions of learning would be brought under control and students would be focused,” he stated.
The Don asked parents to seek assistance of qualified counsellors in ensuring that their children make appropriate decisions and become responsible members of the society.
Source: Voice of Nigeria