The Neo Black Movement (NBM) of Africa, Owerri zone has ended its first edition of College Brothers Summit at West Brooks International Hotel and Suites, Owerri where the focus was on the effects of drug abuse.
Speaking with our correspondent on Saturday shortly after the summit which had as the theme, “Hard Drugs And Its Abuse: A Bane To Personal, Economic And Social Development”, the president NBM of Africa, Owerri zone, Hon. Chief Chidi Maduka Ordu said drug abuse has reduced the productivity of young people and is affecting their economic lives, stating that the summit was organised to raise their consciousness on the need to avoid drug abuse.
He said the decision to target students was strategic as they represent the young population of the country worst hit by drug abuse.
He called on the participants at the event to make use of the information received at the summit for the betterment of their future and educate others as well on the dangers associated with the abuse of hard drugs.
In his remarks, Mr. Lamuwa Shehu, the assistant state commander, operations and training of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Imo State command urged the young participants at the summit to stay away from the abuse of drugs as it is inimical to their health and growth of the society.
He said NDLEA as a lead agency in control of the circulation and use of psycho-active drugs has been carrying out the campaign in rural communities, and schools as well as the involvement of stakeholders in fighting drug abuse.
According to Shehu, in 2022 alone, the Imo State Command of NDLEA trained about 70 counsellors and school administrators in Owerri zone to assist in teaching young ones on the need to be watchful of their mental health by avoiding drugs.
He expressed confidence that the robust campaign the agency has carried out with the involvement of traditional leaders and religious bodies will further shape the future of young people to become useful members of the society.
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