NDLEA, NGO Sensitises 541 Secondary Schools against Drug Abuse in Kaduna

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The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in collaboration with Advocate for Violence Free Society and Peaceful Coexistence Initiative Nigeria (AVSAPCIN), an NGO, have taken the campaign against drug abuse to 541 secondary schools in Kaduna State.

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The campaign was toward curbing the menace of drug abuse in the state.

The organisations inaugurated the campaign, which targeted 541 public secondary schools at Government Girls Secondary School Kofar Gayan, Zaria, on Monday.

The campaign was entittled: “Security Challenges Awareness and Drug Abuse, Causes, Effects and Remedies in the 21st century”.

The representative of Kaduna state Coodinator of NDLEA at the event, Dr Fatima Papoola, said drug abuse was very dangerous to not only the students but the society at large.

Popoola noted that the effects of drug abuse in human life was also affecting the healthy nature of human being.

According to her, drug addiction damages brain and make a person an incapacitated with no relevance to the society.

She therefore advised the students not to use drugs, stimulants of psychotropic substances for the sake of studies, urging them to imbibe the reading culture in a natural way.

The NDLEA officer noted with concern that drug addiction was a major leading cause of criminal activities such as insurgency, armed banditry, armed robbery and kidnapping.

She called on government and other key stakeholders to support organisations to enable them sustain the campaign across the state.

The founder of AVSAPCIN, Alhaji Sani Kamakasa, said the campaign targets public secondary schools across the state as a strategy of catching them young.

He said: “I got approval from the Education Commissioner to go round 541 Secondary Schools in Kaduna State for this advocacy against drug abuse among our youths.”

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