By NBF News

Royal Exchange Plc has announced its partnership with a non-governmental organisation, Foundation for Youth Education, towards a leadership training conference for secondary school prefects in Lagos State.

The conference, scheduled to hold in the second week of November, 2011 is expected to bring together over 800 secondary school prefects from 40 schools across Lagos State and will be held at the Federal Science and Technical College, Yaba, Lagos.

In a statement, Group Managing Director of Royal Exchange Plc, Mr. Chike Mokwunye, disclosed that the company is motivated by an abiding sense of duty and patriotism to contribute to nurturing the Nigerian youth to be productive and responsible citizens.

'The students attending the conference are already in positions of authority in their respective schools, and we want a situation where they continue to be seen as examples for others to follow. At the end of the training, we expect the Prefects to be role models, ready to lead, direct and positively influence others around them,', Mr. Mokwunye added.

Speaking further, he added, 'The Royal Exchange brand is well known for its empathy and high sense of patriotism. This partnership reflects our belief in the potential of the Nigerian spirit and the ability of the Nigerian youth to soar and excel in their chosen field when given the opportunity.'

The founder of the Foundation for Youth Education, Mr. Patrick Ajogwu said the NGO was founded with the aim of instilling academic excellence, promoting qualitative education and leadership attitude development.

Mr. Ajogwu said the aim of the conference, which is in its fourth edition, is to enable students start early by developing the necessary leadership skills. It also assists the students counseling and giving them direction as they begin the make their career decisions.

Royal Exchange plc, which had previously sponsored the Nigerian Idol last year, started operations in 1921 and continues to be driven by innovation and a determination to offer services that are of exceptional value to its customers.

Following the recapitalisation exercise in 2007, the company was reorganised into a group structure comprising Royal Exchange Plc as the holding company and five strategic subsidiaries namely Royal Exchange General Insurance Company Limited (Non-Life Insurance Services), Royal Exchange Prudential Life Plc (Life Assurance Services), Royal Exchange Finance and Investments Limited (Financial Advisory Services), Royal Exchange Healthcare Limited (HMO and Health Insurance), Royal Exchange Microfinance Bank Limited (Banking Services.