Revalidation to verify the duplication of youth groups -PS


Concerned about the destructive effects of illicit drug use among young people, the National Association of Sea Dogs (NAS) fraternity (Olympus Marina Deck), Rivers State Branch and the National Drug Control (NDLEA), Rivers State Command, have launched a Statewide Awareness and Awareness Campaign to control the tide of illicit drugs in the state.
Other initiatives aligned by the NAS to improve NDLEA operations in the state include robust financial fundraising and other logistics development support programs to enable the agency to fulfill its constitutional responsibility. .
Speaking at a one-day citizens’ roundtable organized by members of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Rivers State Branch, in conjunction with NDLEA and Port Neuropsychiatric Hospital Harcourt, held at the Algate Hotels in Port Harcourt, the National NANS Vice President, Rivers State Chapter, Mr. Kennedy Barango, said the workshop was part of the association’s social responsibility to have a positive impact on the society.
Mr. Barango said the meeting was aimed at sensitizing the young people in the state on the negative effect of the abuse of illicit drugs in the society, saying that drug use among young people had become alarming and was responsible for various crimes and misdemeanors in the state.
He called on parents to rise to the occasion and assume their paternal and maternal responsibilities towards their children, adding that the family is the first step in combating the threat of illicit drugs in society.
“This meeting aims to impact and change the behavior of young people in the face of drug use. The family must play a major role in the education of a child. It’s like a chicken and egg relationship,” he said.
Also speaking, the Deputy Commander in charge of Drug Reduction of NDLEA, State Command, Ms. Stella Marris, said that the command had about 26 drug addict patients in their intensive care unit for rehabilitation, adding that the challenges of effects of the drug in society were enormous.
She said the command is currently affected by the lack of funds and other logistical means, which has hampered the effectiveness of their work within the command.
“Currently, we are facing a shortage of vehicles. The Command only has two operational vehicles, so it has become impossible for us to expand our deployment across the state. We are not doing much in rural areas because of the lack of vehicles, offices, among others, she said.
Marris advised young people to always distance themselves from the influence of bad peer groups and also warned the public against the practice of stigmatizing drug victims undergoing rehabilitation in society.
In his own contribution, the Consultant and Chief Medical Director of Port Harcourt Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Dr Victor Ojiaku, said that drug use leads to mental degradation.
According to him, possible solutions to the threat are to build the capacity of the NDLEA with appropriate funding to enable it to tackle the importation of drugs, recruit more personnel and engage in aggressive awareness campaigns in the whole state.

By: Amadi Akujobi


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