By Mosunmola Ayobami, Kwara
The staff of the United Nation, Dr Audu Idowu has said for the social vices ravaging the country to be curbed, there is a need for the creation of more Non-Governmental Organizations(NGOs).
He said these NGOs when formed would be able to address various vices adequately, in order to secure a good future for the teeming youths.
Idowu stated this at the grand opening of Grand-Charity Youths Development NGO on Saturday in Ilorin.
He said, “There is a need to create more NGOs to remedy various social vices that range from drug addiction, gender-based violence, human trafficking, prostitution, examination malpractice, gambling, smoking, among others.”
In her welcome address, the Director of Programs of the NGO Haleemah Gegele said the idea started in 2019 due to her flair for youths’ development knowing that government alone cannot remedy the social vices.
Gegele, a former member, Nigeria Youths parliament, Abuja, noted that there is a need to make sure the youths are prepared for the challenges ahead.
The NGO has a special interest in Medical outreach, Girl Child, Youths Development, Women Development Advocacy and Campaign against gender-based violence.
She urged the youths to develop themselves and ensure value is been added to their lives.
In her goodwill message, Commissioner for Education and Human Capital development, Fatimah Ahmed commended the founder of the NGO and urged the participants to always contribute as little as they could for growth and development of Kwara and the country at large.
Similarly, the Commissioner for Sports and Youths development Joana Kolo urged parents to ensure good education is given to their wards irrespective of there gender.
One of the Speakers, Mallam Lawal Olohungbebe noted that parents should be on the look for whom their wards make role models as it has a great influence on their lives.
He urged students and youths to study more as society isn’t what it used to be a few years back.
He called for support from Kwara residents in contributing to the growth and development of the state.
In her lecture, Dr Bukola Muyideen called for a healthy diet to have a sickness free life.
“Desist from smoking, which leads to a lot deadly ailments and engage in sporting activities I want to urge you to embrace the habit of reading good books,” she urged.
Similarly, a legal luminary Barrister Anthonia Omenegon decried a situation whereby girl child faced the various types of abuse and domestic violence.
She called for adequate education opportunities for girl child like their male counterparts.
“There’s need for aggressive advocacy for the right of girl child when that’s done things would work out perfectly in Nigeria and the world at large,” she said.
Earlier Alhaji Saliu Gegele said Nigeria has been seen as headquarter of poverty, insecurity and other menaces, adding that anyone that organize this type of programme deserves commendation
He prayed to God to continue to protect the nation in spite all the challenges. The event witnessed debate from invited schools within and outside the state.