At their 20th anniversary, Anchor International Care and Humanitarian Initiative launches a Zero Tolerance Campaign against the use of pornography, drug abuse, child abuse, rape, sex for grades, prostitution, and youth trafficking titled “I am Forever Precious Campaign.”
Anchor International Care and Humanitarian Initiative is a non-governmental, non-profit, and faith-based organization focused on children, youth, and community development. The initiative was founded unofficially in 2001 by Dr. Bolarinwa Michael Omotosho with the support of other notable Nigerians. We have been providing services to the church, young people, and communities while cultivating partnerships among various organizations aimed at equipping leaders for God’s kingdom expansion and raising next-generation leaders for nation-building since we became a public entity incorporated with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) of Nigeria in 2005, he said.
Anchor International Care and Humanitarian Initiative, a non-governmental and non-profit organization based in Lagos, launch the “I am Forever Precious Campaign” on December 18th, during the Mega Youth Summit, at the Africa Theological Seminary auditorium in Lagos.The “I am Forever Precious Campaign” is a “Zero Tolerance” alliance campaign against the use of pornography, drug abuse, child abuse, rape, sex for grades, prostitution, and youth trafficking that has become a global menace. However, he promised that they would not relent on their focus on the Train-A-Girl Child project currently embarked on by this organization, he added.
Dr. Bolarinwa Omotosho said that these menaces have affected the mental health of not only young people but also many other populations in Nigeria, as they have faced personal grief, illness, suicide, social crises, sexual abuse and exploitation. Pornography is more destructive than HIV/AIDS, and it has ravaged the lives of Nigerian youths. Pornography has resulted in many forms of sexual abuse, molestation, and exploitation of young people throughout Africa. He called on the general public to join this coalition to tackle this plague and establish a zero-tolerance policy.
The President of Anchor International Care and Humanitarian Initiative, speaking during the thanksgiving service and official inauguration of the “I am Forever Precious Campaign,” explained that the reason for launching the “I am Forever Precious Campaign” is that his organization is working earnestly to ensure that the mission and vision of the organization are fulfilled. Dr. Femi Paul, Senior Pastor of Grace Assemble in Lagos, formally inaugurates the “I am Forever Precious Campaign.” He praised Anchor International Care and Humanitarian Initiative leadership and team for spearheading this historic initiative to address the threat that society, particularly young people, faces. He went on to say that this group is doing fantastic work.
The summit, which drew over 425 people, featured a number of notable schools, organizations, notable personalities, and partners from Nigeria and the United States of America. The launch is, however, supported by notable non-governmental organizations and government agencies, some of which include the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Our Daily Bread Ministries, Bible Society of Nigeria, Nigeria Youth Works Association, and Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Association.
Other notable dignitaries and speakers during the summit are: Dr. Steve Van Horn, President of International Training and Equipping Ministries (ITEM) USA; Dr. Femi Paul, Senior Pastor of Grace Assemble, Lagos; Dr. Ranti Samuel, Senior Lecturer at Lagos State University, Dr. (Mrs) Priscillia Omotosho, National Women Coordinator Anchor International Care and Humanitarian Initiative, Pastor (Mrs) Moji Abiodun, Wife of the Pastor in Charge of Lagos Province 72 of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, and Very Rev. Bukola Adeleke, Special Adviser on Religion Affairs (Christian) to Lagos State Governor, H.E Olusola Babaji Sanwolu-olu
It is of no doubt that the participants at the summit, particularly the youths, were very excited and pledged to embrace the vision of the campaign as they kept on chanting the slogan of the campaign, which goes like this: “Precious youths, we are not a thing, Precious youths, we can’t be bought, Precious youths—we are forever precious”. He pleaded for the support of all stakeholders in Nigeria and Lagos State so that they will embrace this “I am Forever Precious Campaign” to enable it become a household alliance in 2022 so that the menace will be combated by all, Dr. Bolarinwa Omotosho concluded.