ENUGU, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) – Enugu State based Non-Governmental Organisation, Pleasant Gathering (PG), has advised Nigerian students to shun social vices like cultism, prostitution and watching of pornography, that has the tendency of endangering their future.
The International President of PG, Mrs Joy Ogbonnaya, made the call during the 11th edition of the group’s Mega Secondary Schools’ Student Convention, in Enugu.
Speaking on the theme “Nigerian Students As Agent of Transformation”, she urged the students to be focus in life.
The PG is a non-governmental youth-focused and faith based organisation with the aim of equipping and empowering the next generation to fulfill their destiny and become a people of integrity with high ethical standards.
It was gathered that over 100 Secondary Schools both Public, Private and Mission attended the convention.
Ogbonnaya also, advised them to avoid all the tools of distraction such as phonography, masturbation, lesbianism, homosexual, cultism, prostitution, rape, consumption of hard drugs and exam malpractice.
“Nobody gives you award for doing evil but you can be given award for being best mathematics student, adding that cultism and prostitution has led many student to early grave.
“So avoid being perpetrator of evil and social vices,” she advised.
According to her, the convention was tailored towards transforming and empowering Nigerian students to become the needed agent of change in the country.
She said no nation can experience true national transformation and positive change until the student are fully equipped and empowered for the process.
Ogbonnaya further noted that the objective of the PG Club in the Secondary Schools was to enhance reading culture of students, as well as to restore their moral habits which to some extent would bring about positive transformation in the nation.
“It is an established fact that transformed student will surely bring about a transformed society, hence, the need to encourage and support this project,” she said.
She said the organisation in partnership with the Post Primary Schools Management Board (PPSMB) under the Ministry of Education, Enugu State through PG Reading Club, had engaged over 100 Public, Private and Mission Secondary Schools within Enugu inculcating moral values and restoring reading culture among students.
Also, she explained that the reading club had impacted increased academic and moral knowledge, talent discovery, development and deployment, increased knowledge of adverse effects of social vices, reduction of cultism in schools and others among students.
Barrister Ogbonnaya stated that through her efforts and help from friends and relations she was able to organise convention for students since inception of organisation in 2012.
“This year alone, I spent above N15 million which include food for the students, about 100 buses that conveyed them and other logistics,” Ogbonnaya said.
She, however, appealed for land for convention centre, project vehicles and sponsorship for their annual mega students convention and other programmes as well as inclusion of their developed moral scheme in the schools’ curriculum.
Speaking at the event, the First Lady, Enugu South Council Area, Mrs Adaeze Nkwuo, represented by Evangelist, Patricia Okoko, said the programme would shape the lifestyle of the students whom she described as “The future leaders of the country”.
Nkwuo she was marveled by the number of students that attend the convention.
A student from Coal Camp Secondary School, Ogbete, Enugu, Ogenyi Miracle, also described the convention as source of empowerment and encouraging to students.
“She said, “I like the programme because it teaches teenagers like us to understand the wrong way of life and enabled us to meet our fellow students from others schools.