By Olusegun Obisanya
The General Secretary/CEO, Bible Society of Nigeria (BSN), Pastor Samuel Sanusi has urged parents to inculcate godly virtues in their children by exposing them early through training to the word of God in a corrupt society.
He stated this in his address at the second edition of BSN Primary School Bible Competition, which was held on Friday at Igbobi College, Yaba, Lagos.
Being a State level programme, nine schools participated in the grand finale of the keenly contested competition, which eventually produced overall winner.
Represented by Assistant General Secretary, Finance, BSN, Yemisi Oluwagbami, the CEO said, “The Bible says train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. We are catching them young.
“These are primary school pupils and you have seen what they can do. If we continue with the godly training of these little ones, when they grow up, we are sure that the future of the nation is bright.”
BSN Secretary urges parents not to relent in the training of their children.
Speaking, the pupils, whose age ranged between 5 and 10 years, thanked BSN for organising the quiz, saying it would propel them to do more academically and focus on their future endeavours. They were also grateful to their parents who assisted in preparing for the task.
While the general secretary lauded the Federal Government for introducing Education Loan for indigent students in tertiary institutions, the faith-based organisation urged government not to stop funding education in Nigeria just as private schools are being funded by individuals.
Sanusi said, “The loan is a laudable idea but my advice is that government should prevent it from being abused by selfish, greedy individuals in the country. The loan must be strictly monitored by government or its agency to prevent unscrupulous elements in the country from scuttling the original purpose of the loan and thereby deny students who truly are in need of it.”
According to him, the loan will aid parents of brilliant but indigent students who have strong desire to further their education and those who are in institutions of higher learning but are struggling with funds.
The BSN general secretary said the second edition of the primary schools competition was at State level.
“This is not a national competition but state, and it is the grand finale of the competition which commenced sometime ago. A particular Bible known as “100 Best” was given to pupils of the participating schools.
“At the moment, we are starting at the State level, we may go national later. The programme involves funding, therefore, we call on well-meaning Nigerians to sponsor a project as this,” he added.