By: JACOB ONJEWU DICKSON
The Nigerian Urban Reproductive Health Initiatives (NURHI) Life Planning for Adolescents and Youth (LPAY) project will be providing positive life transforming information that will impact on them in the present and future.
Youth Focal Person, NURHI Kaduna office, Aisha Salihu Waziri expressed this while presenting a paper at the LPAY sensitization workshop for journalists in Kaduna on Tuesday July 17, 2018,
“Life planning arms young people with positive life changing information that can help them make informed choices about critical issues in life and future,” she said.
Waziri said that the most critical stage in human development is adolescence because it is characterized by peer pressure that often leads to wanting to experience everything.
“About 55 per cent of Nigerian population is under 20 years of age. Proportion of adolescent engaging in unprotected sex is male 48.per cent, girls 56 per cent.” she informed.
She pointed out that in Kaduna LPAY, young people are primarily influenced by their parents, teachers, friends, social media, and spouses for those that are married.
She said the young persons are hindered from life saving reproductive health components such as counselling to help them shape their lives, distance to services, cost of services, knowledge, attitude and practice barriers.
“Laws and policies are prohibiting young people from access to such services and information, ” she added.