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JCI Nigeria launches campaign against drug abuse



By Ebiowei Lawal


YENAGOA- A group of Young Leaders drawn from local organizations of Junior Chambers International (JCI) across Nigeria have launched a campaign aimed at tackling the rise in drug abuse amongst youths in the country, especially amongst secondary school students.

The campaign tagged ‘Rehabilitation, Education, Enlightenment and Discouragement’ of young drug user across the 36 states of Nigeria was announced during the graduation dinner organized for graduands of the 2018 Leadership Academy (LA20) by the JCI Nigeria Senate Association in Abuja, Nigeria.

Unveiling the campaign at the event, the captain of the LA20, Oke Samuel Oluwatosin said the campaign became necessary because of the rise in cases of mental disorder amongst youths that have been linked to incessant abuse of drugs such as Codeine syrup, Rohypnol, Tramadol and many others.

Explaining further, he said the campaign hopes to engage the partnership of key community stakeholders like security agencies, medical experts, government officials, community leaders, NGOs and media for better collaboration.

According to him there has been an increase in the rate of death in recent times especially among the youths and reports has it that a large percentage of those who died had abused a drug or consumed illicit drugs.

Giving support to the campaign, the chairman of the JCI Nigeria Senate Association, Mr. Cornelius Semiteje said the campaign is timely, stressing the need for young Nigerians to refrain from acts that are capable of destroying the future of the country.

He said the association decided to camp the graduands of the academy for a 3 day intensive training on leadership, mentorship and good citizenship to proffer solution to many problems confronting the present day Nigeria.

Also speaking, the 2018 National President of JCI Nigeria, Mr. Rasheed  Adeniyi Balogun said he would continue to champion the course for young people to identify a need in their local community and take positive action to foster a better society in Nigeria.

He said JCI Nigeria would continue to provide opportunity for young Nigerians to create positive change in their localities across the country.

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