That substance abuse is a menace that has the potential to destroy people is no longer news, what is news however is the extent of damage it has done across all age groups, the young and the old inclusive. Recall that sometime ago, precisely in December 2017, the Emir of Kano, Malam Muhammad Sanusi ll, canvassed for a law that will compel emirs, governors and other public office holders to go for drug test. Sanusi, who made the appeal at the opening of a 2-day Senate Roundtable on Drug Abuse Epidemic in Nigeria, said he would be happy to subject himself to drug test.
“When we begin to set this example, the younger ones will understand that if they engage in drug abuse, they will certainly limit their opportunities of becoming leaders.
According to National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) statistics, Anambra state tops the chart of substance abuse/peddling in the country and substances abused/peddled include but is not limited to tramadol, cannabis, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, 502, monkey tail etc. According to an EU report, as many as 14.3 million Nigerians abuse drugs and with the increase in consumption rates of these substances comes the concomitant result, which is ultimately death! A sad occurrence that is slowly robbing society of vibrant youths who have the potential to turn around the fortunes of the country for the better.
To stem this unfortunate tide, Social Change Activist, RNTC Fellow & Founder of the Dear Oma Global Foundation, Ukoma Ezeokoye, upon her return from the Netherlands, where she trained on Media Campaigns for Development and Social Change in collaboration with WADADA News for Kids, Netherlands teamed up with Social Change Journalist, George Natural Onuorah, who is a YALI Fellow, a Performance Enhancement Catalyst and the South East Coordinator of the International Purpose Driven Youth Initiative (IPDYI) and Kingsley Gilbert, youth mentor; to fight this menace through the #ChooseLife Campaign.
The campaign aims at drastically reducing, to the barest minimum, the prevalence of substance abuse in Anambra state and beyond. This they intend to/are working to achieve by embarking on tours to select Secondary schools in the state, where students are enlightened on the effects of substance abuse and why they should not get into it. They also go on to help those who are already engaged in the act to #ChooseLife…See Photos below;