A Non Governmental Organisation, Chen Teen and Youth Development Initiative CTYDI wants government to set up more youth oriented policies to address their health, educational and physical challenges.
The founder of CTYDI Dr Olusola Oresanya stated this at the 2021 Abuja Schools Debate Tournament and Seminar.
Dr Oresanya explained that the year 2020 was an extra-ordinary year globally as the COVID-19 pandemic ravaged lives, homes and communities and brought the whole world to a stand-still and stressed that Young people suffered many indirect and untoward effects of the pandemic and the lockdown that followed.
She stressed that there were evidences of increased prevalence of anxiety, depression and suicide among young people who were unable to cope with the mental and emotional stress caused by the pandemic.
Dr Oresanya while Speaking on the theme of the event, ‘Addressing the Effects of COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerian Adolescents and Youths’ stressed the need for more policies that will address the plights of children and youths in the country.
She noted that the objective of this event was to analyse the effects of COVID-19 pandemic, generate a discourse and propose actions by schools, government and relevant authorities to address them.
15 schools participated in the debate, 8 Private Schools and 7 public schools.
The winner of the debate is Government Day Secondary School, Wuse II, Abuja.
1st Runner Up is Army Day Secondary School, Asokoro, 2nd Runner up is Army Day Secondary School, Maitama, Abuja