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The Edo State Government recently gave its backing to the Saving the Next Generation Initiative.

It noted that the state government is deeply concerned about teenagers’ welfare and growth process.

The initiative launched on Saturday is spearheaded by the Church of God Mission (CGM).

The Governor of Edo State was heavily represented by the Commissioner for Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, Chris Nehikhare.

According to Mr. Nehikhare at the launch of the initiative in the CGM, the SNG was a cause worthy of great attention and support.

He, however, noted that the teenage population was a unique age group where …

…they notice changes in themselves, around them, and make decisions…

…some of which might lead them into situations that negatively impact them and the path to their future.

He further said:

The Saving the Next Generation Initiative is a course that is worthy of great attention and support.

The Edo State Government and by extension, the State Ministry of Youth and Humanitarian Affairs, is deeply concerned about the welfare of teenagers and their growth process which we are committed to being part of.

The teenage population is a unique age group where they notice changes in them.

Consequently, mentoring and building teenagers in the right way secures their future which also positively affects national development.

The strength of a nation depends on the quality of resources especially human resources and the values that they hold dear.

I wish to charge the organisers of this initiative to remain committed to this course and not lose focus of the goal as the next generation is counting on you to deliver to them the template for their development on which they can build upon.

The Agape Force Ministry (AFM), the teenage arm of CGM is overseeing the initiative.

However, the National Director of AFM, Rev. Akan Sebastian, said it was about inculcating in the teenagers’ virtues of patriotism, perseverance, respect and integrity, and other values that would impact positively on the lives of Nigerian teenagers.

He charged the over 6000 participants at the event to start working toward a bright future.

The charge was to imbibe positive ideas which would lead them to greatness both in their physical and spiritual lives.

Lastly, he said:

The SNG is about patriotism, perseverance. We want to use the initiative to inculcate back into our teenagers values of integrity and respect.

It will be difficult to give values you do not have to the younger generation, so the adults should be in the forefront of this course by displaying the right attitude at all times.

The Director of Administration, Rev. Tari Ekupor, said the church was deliberate about raising the next generation, noting that the programme would be bigger every year.

He said the initiative would also help in sensitising the teenagers and put a stop to the exploitation of the young ones who were trafficked abroad for prostitution while the male engaged in wire frauds.

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