No fewer than 200 students, drawn from selected public schools in Lagos, have been trained on various ways and strategies of living a drug-free life and avoiding pitfalls of juvenile delinquencies.
Head, Corporate Communications, SIFAX Group, Mr Muyiwa Akande, made the disclosure in a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the programme, tagged: “Safe School Initiative,” was initiated by a non-governmental organisation (NGO), Community Health Safety and Environmental Rescue Initiative (CHESRI) and sponsored by SIFAX Group.
NAN also reports that the beneficiary schools included: United Christian Secondary School, Apapa; Apapa Senior High School; Randle Senior Secondary School, Surulere and New Era Senior Girls’ School, Surulere.
According to CHESRI’s Executive Director, Lilian Azu, the training is aimed at creating and promoting awareness about the dangers of various juvenile delinquencies prevalent among secondary school students in the state.
“This is to equip them with the right knowledge to combat the menace.
“Some of the topics focused on during the training included: Basic CPR skills, dangers of drug abuse, menstrual health and sexual abuse,” she said.
She lauded SIFAX Group for supporting the initiative, adding that the students trained would be supported to become ambassadors who would, in turn, train and guide others.
Akande, while speaking at the training, emphasised the importance of safety education among students, even as he reinstated the company’s commitment, as a socially-responsible establishment, to supporting projects that would be beneficial to the society.
He said, “At SIFAX Group, we believe that safety is synonymous with prosperity. It is only a safe society that can translate into a prosperous living.
“This is the reason we have thrown our weight behind this “Safe School Initiative” in order to equip the young ones with the skills needed to build a brighter future.
“From what we have seen so far in the training, we are convinced that projects of this nature are needed in all our schools and, as a company, we will not relent in our support for such initiatives,” he said.