By Stanley Onyekwere
The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) Drug Abuse Control Committee (DACC) has organised a sensitisation campaign for secondary school students on the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking.
The sensitisation campaign tagged: ‘’Listen First’’, was held at the Government Senior Secondary School (GSSS), Gwagwalada, last week, in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) Malam Adamu Bappah advised the students to stay away from drug abuse, adding that such acts had potentials of jeopardising their future.
Bappah who was represented by the Deputy Director, Medical & Diagnostics Department, Dr. Egbuson Titilope said the sensitisation programme was designed to raise awareness among the youth who were the target population for drug abuse.
The HHSS stated that drug abuse have become very prevalent in the society today because information about the availability and type of drugs, method of ingestion and drug seeking practice were readily available.
He further explained that experimentation, peer pressure, the bid to reduce stress, build self esteem, the desire to be sociable, drug availability,
He equally identified unemployment and social economic frustration among others as factors that drive many youths to engage in drugs.
Bappah emphasized that health and social hazards of involvement in drug abuse have enormous consequences on their families and society.
Earlier, the Director Pharmaceutical Services and Chairman, FCT Drug Abuse Campaign Committee, Boniface Akwu advised the students to listen attentively to all the lectures, and educate their friends and families.
He expressed appreciation to the FCTA for approving such an enlightenment and sensitisation programme, stressing that the programme would impart positively in the lives of the youths.
Speaking also at the occassion the Agura of Gwagwalada who was represented by the District Head of Dahiru, Abubakar Magaji, adviced the students to take the lesson learnt seriously as it would go a long way to reduce cases of drug additions in the society.
In her remarks, the Vice Principal (Administration ) of the school, Mrs. Chinwe Oyagiri, thanked the FCTA and HHSS Secretary for their tremendous support towards the success of the sensitisation lecture.
Oyagiri assured that the teachers would not get tired of sensitising the students at all times so as to keep reminding them of what to do.