Ahead of its 75th anniversary on Friday, the Student Christian Movement, SCM, said it is committed to the society and would develop leadership among youths for the betterment of the country.
President of SCM, Reverend Eric Ighalo, disclosed this at a press briefing on the line up of activities for its anniversary Gala nite in Abuja, yesterday.
Ighalo said the contributions of the organisation in the areas of peace and refugee support, leadership development, church unity and youth mentoring, especially in secondary and tertiary institutions are enormous.
He revealed that SCM currently serves through its branches in over 400 secondary schools, 20 tertiary institutions and 17 Senior Friends/Alumni groups across the country.
The president said SCM is the first non-denominational Christian youth group in the country with a mandate to call students and youths to a life of faith in Christ and a challenge to live out the faith in society.
According to him, as SCM clocks 75 years of unbroken service to the nation, it will showcase its contributions in order to reawaken national consciousness, as well as prepare for another 75 years of service to the ever growing student and youth population.
Ighalo noted that the awards event which comes up on April 8 at the Yar’Adua Centre Abuja covers lifetime achievements, exemplary leadership, legacy services and student excellence with focus on integrity, national service, ethical values and others.
SCM’s Chairman, Board of Trustees, Justus Olalere Otegbade, said the organisation is committed to preaching peace, progress and unity among youths to help them make the right choice in the society.
“The rate of cultism is high in our institutions and with what we are doing, we are trying to see how we can preach Christ to youths and help them make better decisions that will not be against the will of God.
“We do it by carrying the Bible on one hand and newspaper on the other hand so that they learn and be useful. We are committed to developing leadership for the future,” Otegbade added.