Pastor Chucks Edmond, on Wednesday stressed the need for adequate investment in the character moulding of children at their early stages of life to promote good behaviour in the society.
Edmond, the Senior Pastor of Ambassadors Ark International Church (AIC), gave the advice an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Bwari, FCT.
A clergyman, spoke on the sidelines of the maiden five-day Teens Boot Camp programme for 80 children between the ages of three and seven; eight and 21, respectively, which started from Aug. 9 to 13, in Kuduru, in Bwari.
“There is need to invest in the character moulding of young people; if we do not catch them young, it may become too late to do so.
“By investing in the behavioural change of young people, we can be sure to secure bright future not just for them but the society at large, especially in the era where godliness is fast eroding.
“When we train children the right ways at early stages of life, the menace of people rising to become bandits, kidnappers and Boko Haram will reduce drastically.
“Therefore the boot camp initiative is to promote character moulding and to make our young generation better citizens of their fatherland.”
A participant, Dominic Daniel, 14, expressed appreciation to the organisers for boot camp initiative, saying it helped him to learn good behaviour.
“So much was learnt in terms of being truthful and on ways to resist temptation as means to become good citizen.
“I also learnt about entrepreneurship; specifically on how young people can think ahead at tender age to run a business and make profit.
“I look forward to learn about relationships and peer pressure, because bad behaviour is mostly influenced by peer pressure in the society,” Daniel said.
Another participant, Yusuf Bright, 15, commended the boot camp initiative, saying it broadened her horizon about importance of moral.
“I learnt about ethical; on how to behave myself anywhere I go, how to speak in public and how to manage what I have,” Brght said.
The high point of the event was teaching on essential life skills, entrepreneurship training; life coaching and mentoring.