Delta State Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Chief Patrick Ukah, has promised to partner with the National Youth Council of Nigeria to curb social vices in schools in the state.
The commissioner made this known when he played host to the state executives of the National Youth Council of Nigeria.
Chief Ukah said social vices such as cultism, drug abuse, among others, had become a source of concern to government and as a result, the state government is bringing back extracurricular activities such as Boys Scout, Boys Brigade, Man o War, Girls Guide, among others, with a view to engaging the students positively.
He said the absence of extracurricular activities in schools is part of what has resulted in these vices being on the increase in our schools.
The commissioner also said that part of the measures that have been put in place to stem these vices is the introduction of compulsory inter-house sports competitions for all schools (primary and secondary), Zenith Bank Delta Principals Cup, Headmasters Cup, and Schools Sports Festival.
The commissioner further stated that plans were on the way to bring in role models to schools to mentor the students and inspire them to live a productive life that would make them useful to society.
Earlier in his address, the chairman of the state chapter of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Comrade Kenneth Okorie, said the courtesy visit was to see how to partner with the ministry on how to help curb social vices in the schools through the reintroduction of voluntary organizations.