This Day (Lagos)

2 January 2013

Nigeria: Miss Insurance Hosts Youth Empowerment Day

The current Insurance Queen, Miss Onyeka Adigwe, has successfully hosted the first Youth Empowerment Day, a programme that targets youths at the secondary school level to ensure academic excellence and give students an insight into the insurance profession.

The programme, which held at CMS Grammar School, Bariga, was the grand finale of her pet project titled 'Youth Empowerment: Functional Education and the Dangers of Drug Abuse.'

In the run-up to the day, the insurance queen organised an inter-schools essay competition on the topic, 'Benefits of Insurance to a Nigerian Child', saying the contest was her contribution to the ongoing insurance awareness programmes in the industry.

According to her, students that excelled in the contest and their respective schools went home with various prizes and plaques. The winner of the essay-writing competition took a HP laptop while his school took a HP desktop computer.

The first runner up took a mini laptop and her school, three-in-one scanner and a white board. The third position won a digital camera and a cash of N20,000 while his school got a water dispenser.

Before the contest, Adigwe visited secondary schools with her team made up of representatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), educationists and insurance practitioners.

During such visits, the insurance queen held interactive sessions with the students on various issues, ranging from how to excel in their academics, dangers of drug abuse as well as benefits of insurance as a profession and a way of life with a view to help them develop immunity against negative influences.

Speaking on her pet project, the insurance queen said it was in furtherance of her resolve to see students focus more on their education without getting distracted by peer pressure and other social vices.

She targeted the secondary school students "because they are more prone to negative influences that can jeopardise their future as well as that of the nation; and also to bring about veritable change among the upcoming leaders of tomorrow."

She expressed belief that youth enlightenment programmes should not be left to the government alone and called on other stakeholders to join the fight against drug abuse and other social vices among the youths.

Other speakers during the visits include the Managing Director of Gombot Insurance Brokers Limited, Mrs. Modupeola Dallas-Olusanya; one of the representatives of NDLEA, Mrs. Bolanle Adekunle; the representative of the Chartered Insurance Institute of Nigeria (CIIN), Mr. Joseph Obah; as well as Mr. Tunde Badmus of Regency Alliance Plc.

The day was graced by teachers and students from different secondary schools around Lagos and representatives of donor companies.

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