Stakeholders on Wednesday gathered at Kwara Hotels to deliberate on ways to curb the menace of drug abuse which has become a national challenge.
The maiden edition of the Positive Impact Conference themed, “Lets curb drug abuse” was organized by the Life-Fount Foundation, a non-governmental organization based in Ilorin, Kwara State.
One of the guest speakers at the conference and Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Barrister Ona Ogilegwu decried the alarming rate of abuse.
He noted that contrary to popular belief, not just youths but old people also indulge in drug abuse.
Highlighting the challenges confronting the agency’s operation, Ogilegwu said more needs to be done in the effort to curb the life-threatening menace.
A consultant psychiatrist, Dr (Mrs) Buhari spoke on the effects of drug abuse, stating that every family is connected to one drug addict or the other.
Other features include a drama presentation by Nigerian Christian Corpers Fellowship, NCCF, Kwara chapter on the effect of drug abuse, a video projection of a drug abuse survivor, a panel discussion with stakeholders as well as testimony from an ex-addict.
The convener of the conference, Dr Mrs Yemisi Adeyeye, who expressed delight at the submissions reached, said the NGO hopes to bring other societal issues to limelight, deliberate on them and find lasting solutions to make our society better.
Others represented at the Positive Impact Conference, are doctors in kwara, National Orientation Agency, NOA, and the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, PFN, among others.