Experts have stressed the need to tackle the problem of drug abuse, cyber -crime, teenage prostitution and pregnancy, saying its prevalence could mar the potential of the nation’s youths.
The speakers who ruminated on several topics relating to the theme of the year “The African teenager: An endangered species,’’ amongst other topics like Drug Abuse among teenagers, Teen pregnancy, Teen prostitution and cyber crime agreed that it was high time the nation proffered solutions to the problems.
Speaking at the just concluded Teen Development Summit, 2019 organized by Rubyplus Africa, the founder and president of Rubyplus Africa, Jacqueline Emmanuel reiterated the need for African teenagers to be given a voice to speak on issues that affect them and their society as no one can tell their stories better than they can.
She also enjoined major stakeholders to partner with Ruby Africa to ensure that the future of African teenagers is well secured.
Also speaking at this year’s summit which was well attended by several participants, Mr Babatunde Gbadamosi, the chief guest at the occasion urged the teenagers to take charge of their future and be innovative in order to become Africa’s leaders.
Nigeria’s youth United Nation’s Ambassador, former WOTCLEF director and Nigerian youth intervention Movement, Amb. Abayomi Mighty also delivered a keynote speech encouraging teenagers to believe in themselves no matter where they come from.
Representatives of NAPTIP and NDLEA also impacted the teenagers during their speech.
Doyinsola Ogunshola who represented Vivian Fowler Memorial College emerged the best speaker and won the grand prize of N250,000 as well as a trophy for her school, while Royal college, Otta and Julliard Academy also won the second and third positions and were awarded N100,000 and N50,000 thousand respectively.
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