Thursday March 14, 2016, Lagos, Nigeria
Worried by the alarming negative effects of cigarette smoking among youths in the society, over eleven years ago; JCI Eko initiated a project, titled “Jaycees Against Youth Smoking (JAYS)” – an Anti-Smoking Seminar targeted basically at Secondary School students in Lagos State.
At the General Assembly of JCIEKO at Elomaz Hotel, Maryland, Lagos on March 6th, 2016 where the Plan of Action of the project was unveiled; the JAYS 2016 Team Lead, TEMITOPE OPEYEMI BORODE explained that Smoking is a growing public vice among youths in developing nations like Nigeria, and JCIEKO has been in the fore-front of organizing projects educating the youth towards shunning tobacco smoking and the chapter will not relent towards executing more projects that will impact the society.
The Seminar was first held in 2005 at Eko Boys High School, Lagos and has since been held in more than 20 schools which include; Igbobi College, Okesuna high school, Ojodu Grammar School and Mafoluku High School to mention but a few.
The objective of the project is to educate youths on the dangerous effects of smoking and to equally educate them on the benefit of living a healthy life while developing the habit of creating positive impacts in their community.
JCI Eko, in collaboration with the Lagos state government, through the Lagos State Health Board and Coalition Against Tobacco (CAT) will be holding the project this year in both public and private schools throughout the State in four different editions, with the first edition to come up on March 19th, 2016 at Do-Estdot Group of Schools at Ifelodun street, Council bus stop, Idimu, Lagos state.
Borode Temitope, the Project team lead further stated that the organization has concluded plans to set up more anti-tobacco clubs in primary and secondary schools in Lagos state and there will be more of school seminars in four more different schools in the state with a mega JAYS by October that will bring together over 15 Secondary Schools participating in a debate competition on the dangers of Youth Smoking.
“We appeal to the media to join us in the campaign and we will continue to partner and collaborate with Government, NGOs and Corporate organizations in order to create sustainable impacts in our society,” said Oluwatosin Ola-Balogun, 2016 JCI Eko President.
JCI is a membership-based non-profit organization of Young Active Citizens age 18-40 in over 100 countries who are dedicated to creating positive change in their communities.
About JCI Eko
JCI Eko is a specialized chapter under Junior Chamber International
Nigeria, that attracts and retain value-driven young people that are empowered to deliver endless possibilities. We Learn, Play and Network with unparalleled true Friendship. We are an organization driven by excellence.
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We hope to see you at Do-Estdot Group of Schools at Ifelodun street, Council bus stop, Idimu, Lagos state on Saturday 19th of March, 2016 as we carry out the first edition of JAYS Project this year.
Tiamiyu Ibraheem Abiodun
Head: Brands & Communication Team
Junior Chamber International, EKO
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Meeting Venue: Elomaz Hotel 3/5 Immanuel Street off Mobolaji Bank, Anthony road, Maryland, Lagos, Nigeria (every 1st Sunday of d Month)
JCI EKO is a specialized Local Organization of Junior Chamber International (JCI), - a global network of young active citizens- that attracts and retain Value-Driven people that are empowered to deliver endless possibilities. We LEARN, PLAY and NETWORK with unparalleled- TRUE FRIENDSHIP. We are an organization "Driven by Excellence"