By David Nsa
In a bid to achieve sustainable peace in Cross River, the State government has said that secondary students are key as efforts are being made to ensure they are not negatively influenced to become a nuisance in the future.
The Director General of the Greater Calabar Capital City Development Authority, Mr. Kingsley Ikpeme disclosed this during a one day sensitization campaign at the St. Patrick’s College, Ikot Ansa where he sued for the inclusion of teenagers in town hall meetings in order to achieve the desired change in the society.
“There is no way you can have a safer Calabar without the active involvement of the youths, as youths are prime movers of event in the society. They are the ones that grow from teenagehood to youths and then metamorphose into the adults of tomorrow,” Ikpeme said while addressing the secondary school students on Friday.
According to him, the aim of the program was to achieve the reorientation of the mindset of teenagers. He said: “If we don’t talk to them at this period and stage, somebody will influence them negatively. So, we must inform members of the society and the parent that they should talk to them, that child upbringing is not an exclusive right of the parents alone; it is the work of the society to help reshape and mold such child, until they begin to make us proud.”
The program also includes lectures on health, security and safety from representatives of the Nigerian Red Cross Society, Federal Road Safety Corps and the Nigerian Fire Service.
And, the Red Cross representative, Mr. John Asuquo in a lecture titled; ‘Basic Life Support’ told the students that in order to be wealthy, they needed to first pay attention to their health while the representative of the fire service, Mrs. Dorathy Etim sued for the provision of firefighting equipment after teaching the students basic life survival skills during a fire outbreak.
The lecturers were later given a tour round the institution while the students took turns to commend the different bodies for educating term on health, safety and security issues.
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