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Drug Abuse: NDLEA seeks communities’ support to end menace

 

By Matthew Denis

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has called on communities in Kwara State to assist the agency in its fight against drug abuse.
The Commandant of NDLEA, Kwara Command, Barr. Ona Ogilegwu made the call at the Grand finale of the 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking held at Kwara Hotel, Ilorin on Wednesday.
“It is important to note that drug use disorders are preventable and treatable. Staying free from drugs is far better than treating the effect as drugs addiction remedy is rehabilitation and counseling.
“People who use drugs (PWUG) are enjoined to come forward for counseling and rehabilitation where necessary.
Ogilegwu called on communities, stakeholders and the media to partner with the agency in order to reach out to majority of people towards sound awareness on drugs abuse dangers.
While commending some communities within the state as well as the government of Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed for assisting the agency in the fight, Ogilegwu, lamented that some communities and market leaders harbour drug peddlers, thereby heightening the trend.
Also speaking, the Chairperson Drug Control Committee in Kwara State Ministry of Health, Mrs. Risikat Bolanle Lawal promised that the committee will continue to collaborate with relevant federal agencies and stakeholders to eliminate drugs abuses in the country.


…NGO takes campaign to Ilorin school

By Joke Adeniyi-Jackson

A Non Governmental Organisation, the Grassroots Aid Initiative on Friday held on awareness programme against Drug Abuse at Jalala Junior Secondary School, Ilorin, Kwara State.
The programme, which showcased lectures on dangers of drug abuse, interactive session and film show, was well attended by students and teachers of the school.
A medical practitioner, Dr. Kolawole Olatunde and a Pharmacist, Mrs. Aliu Grace delivered lectures that addressed the menace and how to overcome addiction.
Also, a member of the NGO,Akinyemi Muhammed also spoke about this draconian phenomenon and gave illustrations to pass across his message to the students.
In her address, the Executive Director of the NGO, Dr. Kehinde Kadiri, said the campaign became expedient, given the prevalence of drug abuse in the society.
Kadir implored the students to shun bad company, which could lead to drug abuse and consequently destroy their lives.
She stressed the need for them to avoid vices that could prevent them from achieving their full potentials and contributing their quota to the development of the country.
Meanwhile, the Grassroots Aid Initiative has given out scholarship to eight indigent students of Jalala Junior Secondary School.
The scholarship covers payment for a full academic session for the beneficiaries.
Speaking on the effort, the Executive Director of the NGO, Dr. Kadir said,” At TGAI, we promise to continue to ensure better living not only in grassroots but to also assist young men and women in our immediate society, achieve better living.”

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