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Cross River State Commissioner for Education, Professor Offiong Offiong has advised students of secondary schools in the State to do away with smoking and any other act capable of destroying their future.
Speaking as guest of honor at the grand finale of the debate competition on Youths Anti-smoking Prevention Campaign Project held at the West African People’s Institute (WAPI) Calabar, the Commissioner said smoking is dangerous for the students and capable of destroying their careers.
The Education Commissioner who was represented at the occasion by the Director of Schools in the Ministry, Mr. Bassey Okon said that he is ready to support and work with the organizers of the program to achieve success and encouraged students present at the program to ensure the lessons learnt are passed down to others.
Prof. Offiong said the ministry will partner with the organizers to extend the program to the three senatorial zones in the State including primary schools to educate them on the gains of staying away from smoking and let young people know the long term consequences associated with tobacco use.
Also speaking, the Executive Director and co-founder of Action Health Incorporated, Mrs. Adenike Esiet expressed her satisfaction by appreciating the collaborative effort of the Ministry of Education, stressing that the initiative of looking on other relative issues like the use of Tobacco among young people came about last year from Lagos, Abuja and now in Calabar.
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