By Chioma Obinna
The Youth Resource Centre newly commissioned for the Nigerian youths in Epe area of Lagos would not only increase the needed awareness on HIV & AIDS among the youths but would reduce youthsâ€™ restiveness and spread of the virus.Â Just recently, a new report advocated for a special focus on young people as more than half of newly infected is between 15 and 29 years of age.
The Centre, which was built in line with UNICEF report that Global success in combating HIV and AIDS must be measured by its impact on children and the youths as well as the challenge to promote effective programmes engaged to HIV & AIDS in every countryâ€ would engage 4000 youths with positive activities.
Commissioning the Centre weekend in Lagos,Â Executive Director of Hope Worldwide, Mr. Yemi Osilaja said the idea behind the resources centre was to fully involve the youths in the fight against HIV as well as reduce the number time they have to waste away carrying out unprofitable activities said the Centre would also serve as a centre for trainingÂ in basic computer knowledge and appreciation.
He said there must be a special focus on young people on HIV & AIDS. â€œIt is an answered prayer, when we came into this place four years ago, the community was neglected then, we thought that they children around here deserve some level of developmental programmes to be able compete with other children outside. Fortunately, Petrobas Nigeria Limited came on board two to fulfil our dreams that we are commissioning today.â€
Represented by the Corporate Affairs Manager, Mr. Steve Emeh, he hinted declared that the centre is basically for the youths. To engage because of the old saying that, â€œan ideal hand is a devilâ€™s man workshop.
CSR Manager, Petrobras Nigeria Ltd, Mrs. Kate Obaseki while commissioning the centre described it as bring hope to those without hope and positively affect the lives of the less privileged Nigerians.
Obaseki who stated that Petrobras has been in partnership with Hope Worldwide since 2008 starting with Great Hope Walk said the decision for the organisation to give back to the society through the Ccentre was strictly to achieve a brighter future for the Nigerian youths.
â€œFor Continuity, teachers have been trained who would in turn impact knowledge into the youths on HIV and computer training.
Obaseki expressed hope that the centre would help increase in the awareness of HIV/AIDS and other STIs among the youths, their families and the community at large.
Coordinator of the Centre, Ganiu Adebesan who confirmed that the centre not only gives lectures on HIV/AIDS but also have various programmes such as free internet browsing, computer training amongst others.