By Dr Sunday Edinyangm, Ete-Ubi Osim & Ekemini Umoh
The thrust of this paper is to unravel citizenship education as a tool for the inculcation of socio-cultural values for the enhancement of nation building. Nigeria is inevitably craving for national development that has eluded the people for quite a long time due to absolute collapse of socio-cultural values which are sacrosanct for nation building. The place of citizenship education has been seen as a potent tool in the inculcation of these socio-cultural values through the patterns of family, school, religious bodies and media. Consequently, this encourages the transmission of these socio-cultural values like honesty, integrity, and respect to the next generation, building capacities, promotion of national unity, production of responsible citizenship and sustenance of democratic process. Sadly, certain challenges are often manifested to impede the inculcation process of these socio-cultural values. This paper proffers strategies to tackle these challenges that weaken citizenship education as a tool for the inculcation of socio-cultural values for nation building.