Ekiti Connect has announced a collaboration with the State’s Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) towards the commemoration of the 2021 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in the State.
In 1987, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly resolved to observe June 26 as the International Day Against Drug Abuse as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse.
At a press conference hosted by the NDLEA Ekiti State Command on Thursday, a line-up of activities was announced that would include media tours, schools’ visits, and engagement with critical stakeholders such as leaders of student and youth bodies and transport unions in the state.
The collaboration would see Ekiti Connect supporting the NDLEA Ekiti State Command to amplify their campaign against drug abuse among youth in the state, in line with the global theme for 2021 “Share Facts on Drugs, Save Lives”.
According to the Ekiti State Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Gaura Shedow, “the menace of drugs is something all stakeholders must be worried about and work together to address.
“That is why we are happy to collaborate with Ekiti Connect in the commemoration of this year’s edition of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Ekiti State.
“We are also determined to always collaborate with other law enforcement and sister agencies, and other stakeholders.”
The activities were kicked off with a media interview on Ekiti State Television on Thursday, with Mr. Peter Nnamdi Njoku, Chief Superintendent of Narcotics and Principal Staff Officer, Drug Demand Reduction Department, as well as Mr. Tosin Olaoluwa, Executive Director Ekiti Connect, and Ms. Abereola Oluwapemi, who are both Drug Addiction Recovery experts.
According to the NDLEA State Commander, Mr. Gaura Shedow, the line up of activities is in line with the renewed focus of the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Rtd. Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa, on public enlightenment on the menace of drug abuse. It was announced that the activities would start with media engagements in English and Yoruba on Ekiti Television (EKTV) on Thursday, and Friday morning, respectively.
This would be followed by an enlightenment engagement with students of Olaoluwa Muslim College, Oke-Ila, followed by a Jumaat service at the Ekiti State University Mosque by 1:30pm.
It was further announced that on Saturday, June 26 – the actual day – another media engagement would be held by 9.00 am on Ayoba FM, after which a “Public Engagement and Sensitization Programme” would be held at Christ’s Boys School by 10am. Afterwards, an enlightenment engagement with transport unions would be held at Akure Garage on Ikere road. Finally, a Thanksgiving service would be held on Sunday, June 27 at The Redeemed Evangelical Mission.
Mr. Tosin Olaoluwa, the Executive Director of Ekiti Connect explained that Ekiti Connect would be supporting the activities with a social media campaign tagged “There is nothing cool about drugs”, which would give young people across the state the opportunity to associate with and add their voice to the campaign against drug abuse.
He said “there must be an urgency by all stakeholders in the fight against drug abuse in Ekiti state and beyond. He admonished young people to avoid the lure to use drugs and encouraged those currently engaged in such practices to desist.” “There is nothing cool about using drugs,” he added.