Body Calls for Urgent Action on the Future of Nigeria's Boy Child

Lagos, Nigeria - May 14, 2024 - The Boy-Child Transformation Centre (BTC), a transformational platform that provides positive and permanent shift in the quality of life of the Boy Child, has issued an urgent plea to all stakeholders to prioritise the well-being and development of the boy child in Nigeria. In a press statement signed by its founder, Ms. Nkiruka Moghalu Joel, the organisation advocated for the moral and character development of young boys, amid challenges like inadequate familial support, abandonment, societal pressures, and negative influences, while emphasising the need to instil in them integrity, empathy, and positive values for positive societal contribution.

“In this month dedicated to celebrating the boy child, we call upon all stakeholders, including the government, religious bodies, parents, primary guardians, schools, leaders, and the entire community, to address these pressing issues. We can only encourage the growth of morally upright young men who will make valuable contributions to the development and advancement of our country by working together and making deliberate efforts in this regard”, Ms. Joel said.

In 2023, BTC hosted her annual "Walk in My Shoes", a creative expression initiative for boys to showcase their talents and abilities, resulting in numerous awards. This year, the initiative will prioritize mentorship opportunities, building upon the success of the previous edition. Inaugural mentors such as Dr. Tunji Olugbodi, EVC, Verdant Zeal Group; Kola Oyeyemi, CEO, AXIOM Intel LTD; Oladipo Adesida, COO, Verdant Zeal Group; Tola Ogunmekan, a seasoned banker and financial advisor, and Michael Oloyede, a renowned drummer, musician, educator, and composer, among others. They will be joined by additional mentors in the upcoming event themed: ‘Walk in My Shoes - the Mentor’s Feet’ scheduled for May 26, 2024.

Ms. Joel commended government agencies such as the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for their “proactive measures in recent times towards taking a special interest in at-risk youths and playing a vital role in redirecting the trajectories of young men while offering them a chance at a brighter future”.

As an implementing partner, BTC is committed to changing the narrative and trajectory of boys aged 5 - 19 across Nigeria. Its programmes and initiatives aim to equip boys with the necessary skills, values, and opportunities to thrive in today's complex and rapidly changing world. However, it cannot do this alone. BTC needs the support and collaboration of all stakeholders to effect meaningful and sustainable change.

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