Abuja - A campaign to raise awareness around HIV prevention and encourage young people to get actively involved in both the national and global response to the scourge has been launched in Abuja.
Speaking during lunching in State House Abuja on Monday, President Goodluck Jonathan said the campaign was designed to motivate young people to embrace positive behaviour and attitudes, in order to avoid HIV infection, and other sexual and reproductive health related issues.
“I am delighted to warmly welcome everyone, to the State House today, for the official launch of the “Protect the Goal” Campaign, in Nigeria,” he said earlier on Monday.
“The theme of our meeting, “Protect the Goal” is designed to motivate young people to embrace positive behaviour and attitudes, in order to avoid HIV infection, and other sexual and reproductive health related issues.”
The President also invited the Super Eagles and cultural icons from Nollywood to become 'Protect the Goal' Ambassadors, in fight against HIV/AIDS, and the improvement of sexual and reproductive health.
“To you, our Super Eagles, I am inviting you to become 'Protect the Goal' Ambassadors, in our fight against HIV/AIDS, and the improvement of sexual and reproductive health, because, together, we have the historic responsibility to protect our youths, and the future of our nation. To our cultural icons from Nollywood, let us ensure that this message gets to all our people, and that the future of this nation will never be compromised by HIV/AIDS, or sexual and reproductive health issues. As sport and cultural icons, you are all uniquely positioned to change the attitudes and behaviour of our youth population. I count on you to help our young people, who look up to you become the real future of our beloved Nigeria.”
The initiative aims to get 80 million Nigerians tested for HIV in the next two years. Currently, financial and material resources have been committed to support the implementation of this programme.
Nigeria, with a population of 162,4 million, has an HIV/AIDS prevalence rate of 3 percent.
- CAJ News