COMPULSIVE DESIRE FOR MATERIAL WEALTH AND UNWHOLESOME ACQUISITIVE SPIRIT IN NIGERIA: IMPLICATION FOR SOCIAL WORK INTERVENTION AND POLICY DEVELOPMENT

Pius Eneji Akah, Cobham E. Uzoh

Abstract


It is natural and very normal for individual to desire material possessions but when such desires now become excessive, compulsive and inordinate, it is a serious problem to the individual and the society. Excessive desire for material wealth is absolutely the greatest social problem confronting the young and old in the society today. Young boys and girls now specialize in defrauding people through fake pretenses to accumulate wealth. This has led to falling standard of education as most college students now have lukewarm attitude to academics but the quick way to become a millionaire. This situation has brought about rise in assassination, kidnapping, and robbery amongst others. All rhese excessive desire for wealth as a common phenomenon nowadays is because of our society’s warped and twisted values. This paper therefore seeks to examine the prevalence of compulsive desire for wealth and unwholesome spirit of acquisition through review of relevant literatures from books, journals, articles, newspapers etc. and making relevance recommendations for social work intervention and policy development. 


Keywords


Material Wealth, Acquisitive Spirit, Social Work Intervention and Policy Development

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