The Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has intensified its campaigns across the nine states in the Niger Delta region to end worship and drug use among youth as part of efforts to maintain peace in the region.
Acting Director General, NDDC, Emmanuel Udu-Ohwavpurwa on Wednesday led commission officials to Yenagoa, Bayelsa State where they sensitized students from various secondary schools in the state about the dangers of caste, drug abuse and other social vices.
The committee, which earlier held similar programs in Cross River and Akwa Ibom states with the support of the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Umana Okon Umana, also distributed education tabs made up of one-year subscriptions and smart schoolbags to students.
Udo-Ohwavpurwa, who was represented by NDDC Director of Youth and Sports, Offiong Ephraim, at the one-day seminar titled “Dangers of Drug Abuse and Cults,” stated that apart from illegal drugs, students should also refrain from taking even over-the-counter medications from medical experts.
Audu-Ohwavborua said that there is a connection between drug use and faith emphasizing that members of the secret cult have always been induced to engage in social vices under the influence of drugs.
He said, “We have a problem in this country with drugs and drug use. So it’s always a good idea to see a medical practitioner or doctor before you consume anything that’s in your body.
But the thing we are concerned about is the use of illegal and illegal drugs and all kinds of drugs. We have seen that even students are forced to do this more often than adults.
Theophilus Alagoa, Principal of the Bayelsa State National Defense College, emphasized the need for students and others to avoid self-medication, saying it could lead to their premature death.
He said: Some of us take it. We may take nutritional supplements without a prescription. It’s a serious matter.”
Speaking during the panel discussion, Udengs Eradiri, Special Adviser to the Chairman of the Youth and Sports Defense Council, said the program is designed to cover the nine states of the Niger Delta.
Al-Iradiri said that the event provided a unique opportunity to educate young people about the diseases of drug abuse and beliefs. [thereby] Catching them as juniors from high school.
As an interventionist agency, he said, the responsibility of the National Defense Development Center is to develop youth, prepare them for a better future and help them avoid the distractions associated with joining bad gangs.
He encouraged students to spend their time on educational tabs and warned them against selling e-learning equipment.
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