NSCDC, Ife-North Division, Osun State Nigeria, campaigned against drug abuse among youths in Ife-North communities. The campaign focuses on the sensitization of youths on the imminent dangers in the abuse of both legal and illegal drugs. In his address NSCDC divisional officer in charge of Ife-North Division, Ogundoyin Ayodeji said that the programme was organized based on the outcome of the meeting of CIVIL DEFEENCE COMMUNITY SECURITY AWARENESS FORUM, Ife-North chapter. “In the course of our discussion with the stakeholders during the meeting we had, some burning issues were raised. One of the issues focused on the involvement of youths in Ife-North communities in social vices, such cultism, drug abuse, prostitution and other criminal activity” the divisional officer said. “Among all the social vices, we decided to consider the prevalent one, DRUG ABUSE. DRUG ABUSE has become a celebrated norm among the youths in Nigeria, not considering the havoc is doing to them and the society at large. That is why the caption of this programme is “DRUG ABUSE, A THREAT TO THE FUTURE OF NIGERIAN YOUTHS” he said.

In his presentation, the guest speaker, Dr. Makinde a medical consultant from Our Lady Catholic hospital Ipetumodu shed more light on the imminent dangers in abuse of both legal and illegal drugs. He admonished the participants to desist from drug abuse. The representative of the NDLEA, Mrs Adegoke T. collaborated the presentation of the guest speaker. She told the youths to say no to drug abuse because drug abuse will not only destroy the future but also the present. The chairman of Ife-North Local Government, Hon. Taiwo Orosanya appreciated organizer of the programme. He said that the programme is call to action in order to save our youths from the influence of drug abuse. He admonished the youths to stay out of drug abuse.

In attendance are representatives of students from all the schools in Ife-North Local Government, representatives of CAN, Moslem community, association of patent stores, NFP, NSCDC, DSS, NDLEA, and other stakeholders in the Ife-North communities.

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