This Day (Lagos)

25 March 2008

Nigeria: Group, First Bank Tackle Morals in Niger Delta Schools

Lagos — A Non-Governmental Organisation, 'Noble Youths Association', in collaboration with First Bank Nigeria Plc. has concluded the first phase of its campaign aimed at resuscitating moral studies in primary and secondary schools in the Niger Delta.

They cited declining morals, which exposes young people to life threatening situations as the motivation for their campaign and home to arrest and build capacity against vices in schools and the society at large.

President of the Organisation, Sir Uzor Nwachukwu told THISDAY that they moved to see how they could help bring youths within the region back on track to imbibe good culture and behaviour, as against the spread of militancy.

He said the first phase of their campaign, which took place at the Federal Government Girls' College, Abuloma, Government Secondary School, Elekehia and Stella Marris College, Port Harcourt recorded appreciable and encouraging response.

To him, the failure of parents to build relationships with their children, coupled with having less time for them, deprive young people of close confidants, which makes it difficult for them to receive good counsel in time of trouble.

"What we have done is to build relationship with the children and guide them through early life in addition to giving them our listening ears. The result is amazing; they call us to discuss things some of them cannot discuss with their parents.

"In fact, some of the cases are so pathetic. But we are making progress and the responses have been extremely encouraging. We motivate them and provide a bridge which exists between other NGOs and the society", he said.

The students who participated in their programmes, which also include lessons on HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, cultism and youth leadership, among others, were rewarded with gifts provided by First Bank in form of educational and instructional materials.

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