July 13, 2024

Kogi Govt Commence Sensitization Against Drug Abuse, as Gov. Ododo Advocates Preventive Measures

  • calls for more synergy to kick out menace from society

Bothered by the worrying rise in the abuse of drugs and other substances, the Kogi state government, through the Ministry of Youth and Sport Development in partnership with the National Drug Law Enforce Agency (NDLEA), alongside other relevant stockholders, have commenced a state wide sensitization against drug abuse, flagging off the first of its programmes on Thursday at the Prince Abubakar Audu University, Anyingba.

The event which is in line with activities for the commemoration of the World Drug Day of the many other zonal advocacies billed to raise awareness about the devastating effects of drug abuse and the importance of prevention.

According to Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo, who was represented at the event by the state commissioner for youth and sports development, Hon. Monday Aridaojo Anyebe, he said that the sensitisation program would serves as a reminder of the destructive power of drug abuse and the need for collective action to address this global issue.

He added that inline with the vision of his government and its robust interest in the wellbeing of the youths of Kogi State, it is of absolute importance for the youth and the entire populace to be sensitized on the harmful effects of this killer habit, primarily practiced by the younger generations.

The governor expressed the strong believe that if the citizens and particularly the youths, joined hands together, drug abuses can be kicked out of our society and more particularly in Kogi State stating that such outcome would help guarantee a healthier society, capable of fostering sustainable development and economic growth in our dear state. He added that If the future must be secured, the youths has to be preserved, as both leaders of today and tomorrow.

According to him “The evidence Is clear, and investing in prevention is the most effective way to address drug abuse. Prevention is key to ensuring a healthier, safer, and more productive youthful population. By investing in preventive measures, we can empower the younger generations with the knowledge, skills, and support they need to make informed decisions about their health and well-being”.

He alluded that drug abuse is a serious issue that affects not only individuals but also families, communities, and society as a whole noting that It could lead to addiction, health problems, and even death. He said these menace could also undermine economic development, level of productivity, social cohesion, and political stability, amongst many other corrosive effects.

The governor expressed the confidence that his administration remained more than committed to prioritizing preventive measures in order to ensure that the youth have access to the resources they need to thrive.

Governor Ododo assured that the campaign would continue in other parts of Kogi central and west in a bid to further drive home our points for desirable results to be achieved.

While delivering his lectures, the Area Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ankpa, Mr. Abdullahi Ahmed mentioned that the Mass media through modalities of public education and social marketing could form a very viable tool to educate and enlighten the youth demography on the evils of drug abuse, thereby yielding an highly preventive measure.

He also added that Drug Abuse Preventive Education (DAPE) could be engaged in schools, workplaces, and Market places/Motor parks, while religious organisations. Advocacy groups, NGOs were urged to take the lead role in ensuring continued efforts to rid the society off the menace of drug abuse.

While he clamoured for the establishment of Drug Abuse control committees at the state and local government levels, he urged those who are already victims to seek rehabilitation and counseling from professionals.

Representative of the Ata of Igala, HRH, Chief Friday Obaka Ata-Doga, the Ogohi of Igala, praised the Kogi State government for embacking on the sensitization against drug abuse. He said drug abuse is eating away the youths of the country, stressing that all stakeholders must come together to secure the future of state and country.

On her part, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Youths and Women matters, Hon. Charity Ijese emphasized the critical need for a proactive approach to drug abuse prevention. She said Preventive measures are not just an option; they are a necessity in safeguarding the future of our youth and the wellbeing of our communities.

Stakeholders at the event expressed their support for the initiative, highlighting the importance of collective action in addressing the drug abuse crisis.

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