Prevalence of Moral Decay among Nigerian Youths: Implications for Quality Leadership

By Dr Achi Ndifon Bekomson


This study investigated moral decay among Nigerian youths and its implications for quality leadership. Specifically, the study investigated various aspects of moral decay like tendency to sexual perversion, tendency to substance use and indecent dressing. The descriptive survey design was adopted and three research questions were formulated to guide the study. The sampling technique was stratified random sampling. Out of twelve faculties in the University of Calabar, seven were used for the study. The population of the study comprised of 8240 year two undergraduate students. The instrument used for data collection was a fifteen-item questionnaire, which was administered to a sample of 412 undergraduate students in the University of Calabar. Data collected were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The result showed that there was low moral decay in terms of sexual perversion, substance abuse and indecent dressing among students in the university. It was recommended that moral education should be emphasized and fully articulated at all levels of the school system. The moral atmosphere should be created in the home, school and classroom. Moral orientation of teachers and school administrators should be enhanced to ensure that they are morally upright and fit to inculcate moral values on students.

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