A socio-cultural group, Yoruba Youths Association (YYSA), has expressed concern over the growing trend of skin bleaching among Nigerian youths, especially school children.
On Thursday, President of the association, Mr Olalekan Hammed, said in a statement in Osogbo, that trend which had become so rampant among young secondary school students, needed to be addressed urgently.
He said: “To save the future of the school children, we implore the Federal Government to ban the importation of soaps and creams that contain chemical such as mercury in order to curb the ugly trend.
“Countries like South Sudan, Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya and South Africa have banned the importation of soaps and creams that contain mercury and it will be a good development if Federal Government can do the same.
“From our findings, more than 90 per cent of the so called parents are in the habit of sharing bleaching soaps and creams with their children.
“This, however, makes it difficult for these teenagers to see bleaching as something bad while these parents also find it difficult to restrict them.’’