Delivering of the 177th inaugural lecture series of the University Of Benin at the Akin Deko Auditorium Ugbowo Campus on 15th september 2016, the lecture which witness the unprecedented attendance had the topic : “Social Studies for ‘Hood’; can the school compensate for the Nigerian Society?” delivered by Prof. E.O.S Iyamu.
HOOD is an acronym for Honesty, Obedience, Orderliness and Diligence
He defined Social Studies as the integration of knowledge and experience concerning human relation for the purpose of effective citizenship education.
Meaning of HOOD is explained;
Honesty refers to a facet of moral character and connotes positive and virtuous attributes such as integrity truthfulness and straightforwardness. it means being trustworthy, fair and sincere.
Obedience In human behavior is a form of social influence in which a person yields without compulsion or reminder to explicit instructions or order or codes or rules from an authority figure.
Orderliness is a learnt behavior through socialization in the home or education. Social Studies teaches these behavioral values which help the individual to maintain a healthy relationship with the environment.
Deligence- refers to determination and careful effort in doing something or carrying out one’s duty .
HOOD in Nigeria
In Nigeria of old, There was honesty in the society ,people could trust one another ,the vendor could leave his newspapers. Nigerians of yesterday were obedient people .they respected the constituted authorities and obeyed order and regulations.
In Nigeria today, it is worrisome that there is dishonesty in all aspects of life in the country. In the government ,lying, deceit,stealing and manipulations have become the norm. There is insincerity in dealing with the people.
Lateness to work
Violation of rules
Disorderliness: No order is taken anymore. How many people place things in their proper position.
What about our cities without master plan?
What about the social behavior of student on the campuses?
what about the electricity distribution system in nigeria?
Dearth of diligence in Nigeria
The Nigeria system has gradually drifted from the cherished values of handwork, excellence and dignity. Today, we are cut in the web of materialism and ostentatious lifestyle which a number of persons have responded to yielding to illegality and seeking the easiest ways of making money.
Unity of HOOD
The virtues of HOOD unite to make the individual a complete disciplined civic and effective citizen.
REASON FOR THE APPARENT FAILURE OF SOCIAL STUDIES IN NIGERIA SCHOOL
Nagative values in the society
Lack of reward system
Shortage of necessaries in life
MY CONTRIBUTION TO THE GROWTH OF SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION IN UNIVERSITY OF BENIN
Development of undergraduate social studies programe
Production of quality of social studies educator, I have supervised 7 PHD students in this field, over 50 Masters Student.
In this lecture, Social Studies has been defined as the study of man in his social life through the integration of knowledge and experience concerning human relation
There is need to create appropriate social, political, economic and cultural environment which facilitate the work of the school in development value of policy with obedience orderliness and diligence in the youth
Parents should be more alive to their responsibilities to their children including adequate care and education
Government should genuinely address the issue of basic amenities and guaranteed their study availability to all Nigerians
To promote the power of social studies as a tool for social reform and transformation
Political and religious leader should live by example and diseased from living flamboyant life style
The vice chancellor prof . F.F Orumwense appreciated the lecturer for the research work and a well delivered lecture. He thereafter decorated prof with a medal to usher him into the honor roll of the University of Benin Inaugural Lecturer’s
Present at the occasion were the principal officers, deans, head of Department,friends,colleague and family members