An innovative researcher, Prof Ahmed Adedeji has charged Muslim professionals to maintain work ethics in their fields of endeavours with a view to sustaining meaningful growth and development in the country.
Adedeji, who is the Director-General, Foresight Institute of Research and Translation, Ibadan, Nigeria gave the advice at a symposium organised by the professional department of Majlis Tajdeed Tadhamunil Muslimeen Association (MTTM).
The symposium, held at the Western Hall, Oyo State Government Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan featured different professionals from all the states in the Southern region of Nigeria.
Also speaking Alhaji Abdur-Razaq Abdus-Salaam Awayewaserere, the Director of Public/Cooperate Affairs, Voice of Nigeria, while advising Muslim to maintain work ethics in their offices, advised Muslim professionals to shun the temptation of opposite sex and corruption as in totality.
Abdus-Salaam suggested that faith monitoring is the only key saviour that could assist Muslim professionals to shun unethical habits at work and succeed in their career growth and development.
In his own presentation, an expert in human resources management, Mr Kafaru Mukaila from Nigerian Eagle Flour Mills Ltd. urged Muslims to maintain excellent performance in all their fields of profession.
Mukaila further urged Muslims not to be satisfied with being at the helm of affairs alone, rather they should endeavour to occupy all necessary key position and exhibit the traits of excellent performance Islam has taught them.
He also advised Muslim professionals to stick to Quran and Sunnah as both are the primary sources of the code of ethics for all Muslims. “Quran and Sunnah have shown complete ethics between the right and the wrong,” he said.
Also speaking at the symposium, Prof. Lateef Agbaje from Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso raised concern on the qualities of graduates that Nigerian institutions are producing in recent time.
Agbaje affirmed that there is disgust between society and the graduates that Nigerian institutions are producing, saying that this would have a negative impact on societal development.
He frowned at the government for not releasing adequate funding for universities as this has resulted in more intakes of students by university management than what available facilities can cater for.
“Higher institutions are forced to have more intakes of prospective students than what their available resources can handle because they are forced to generate more internally generated revenues,” he Lateef posited.
In his welcome address to the symposium, the President of the MTTM, Engr AbdRasheed Anifowose admonished the Muslim professionals to rise up to their divinely assigned responsibilities in making our workplaces ethically healthy for meaningful productivity and national development.
The programme was also attended by Prof. Mondiu Durowoju of LAUTECH, Mr Olawale Abdullah of Oyo State Ministry of Justice, Dr Ahmad Osundina, a medical consultant, and Mr Oladepo Yusuf, an internal auditor with Trustbond Mortgage Bank Plc, who are both key officers of the professional group.
Others are Pharmacist Ganiyu Abideen of Jericho Chest Hospital, Ibadan; Engr. AbdSemiu Odenike, the Director of Works, Fountain University, Osogbo and Dr Busari AbdWasi, a Consultant Nephrologist.