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VGADA Takes the Fight against Drug Abuse to Palace of Ooni of Ife

Dr. Hope Abra­ham Omeiza & Ooni of Ife   

Van­guard against drugs abuse (VGADA) led by it’s Nation­al Co-ordi­na­tor Dr. Hope Abra­ham Omeiza on Mon­day, 10th Sep­tem­ber, 2018 vis­it­ed the palace of His Impe­r­i­al Majesty, Oba (Dr.) Adey­eye Eni­tan Ogun­wusi, the Ooni of Ife.

Toktok9ja gath­ered that the pur­pose of the vis­it was to apprise the Ooni on the ris­ing preva­lence of drug abuse in the coun­try and the rel­a­tive­ly high per­cent­age of female ped­dlers of illic­it drugs in the south west­ern part of the coun­try.

The co-ordi­na­tor of VGADA Dr. Hope high­light­ed the steps VGADA has tak­en to com­bat drug abuse through the spon­sor­ship of Dr. Mike Omo­to­sho.

Accord­ing to him, “the steps tak­en, involved sen­si­ti­za­tion by engag­ing the social media, tele­vi­sions, radio sta­tion and the dailies, sec­ond­ly, pol­i­cy advo­ca­cy by propos­ing bills to the com­mit­tee on Drugs and Nar­cotics, House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Nation­al Assem­bly, and third­ly, on Drug demand reduc­tion by engag­ing sec­ondary and ter­tiary insti­tu­tions of learn­ing.

The NGO also vis­it­ed hotspots to edu­cate drug users direct­ly, and pro­vid­ed online plat­forms for direct and indi­rect coun­sel­ing to help the drug users.

Fur­ther­more, VGADA intends to inten­si­fy it’s efforts on the fight against drug abuse by improv­ing on part­ner­ship with CBOs, NAFDAC, UNODC, NDLEA and oth­er law enforce­ment agen­cies.”

The Ooni being pleased with the vis­it com­mend­ed VGADA and expressed His inter­est in the orga­ni­za­tion, espe­cial­ly for the fact that it’s a youth cen­tered ini­tia­tive which has tak­en a cen­ter stage in the fight against drug abuse.

He applaud­ed the suc­cess­es record­ed by the VGADA in their short peri­od of oper­a­tion while also giv­ing his bless­ings and promised to offer his sup­port and guid­ance.

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