….Drug Abuse: Collaboration Will Make The Greatest Difference- Delta NDLEA Commander
…….As Command Partners, Decorates Uyero As Agency’s Ambassador.
…..Delta NDLEA Commander Highlights Areas of Strengths, Challenges.
…….. Tasks DTSG On Support Towards Establishment of Rehabilitation, Counselling Centres.
By Victor Bieni, Ogwashi-Uku
As part of efforts towards ensuring control and reduction to the nearest minimum the effects of drug abuse and misuse, Barr Abubakar Wada, the Delta State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, has said that his office will continue to partner officials of Delta State Government, relevant agencies, individuals groups, CSOs and other critical stakeholders towards achieving results in line with the Agency’s mission and vision statement.
NDLEA Commander made this remark on Monday, January 15, 2024 at the Command Headquarters at Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South LGA of Delta State during the visit of the Special Assistant (SA) to Governor Sheriff Oborevwori on Youth Mobilization, Ambassador Uyero Erarawhewho who presented a well researched initiative, documented proposal on possible ways of tackling the menace amongst the Youths in Delta State through massive grassroots sensitisation.
Drug Abuse or Substance Abuse refers to a person who uses illegal drug(s) or medicines that changes their feelings or behaviour in a way that is harmful to them physically and mentally. Drug Abuse is also, the use of certain chemicals for the purpose of creating pleasurable effects in the brain. Drug Abuse is also concerned with the use of drugs in amount or methods that is harmful to the individuals or others. While drug misuse is concerned with inappropriate use of legal drugs. It also concerned with psychosocial treatment of the misuse of Opioids, stimulants and Cannabis, Others. Other categories of drugs are: Marijuana, Hallucinogens, Central Nervous System depressants and Stimulants.
Uyero speaking during the visit commended the entire Staff and Management of NDLEA Delta State Command led by Barr Abubakar Wada, an Advocate of the Supreme court of Nigeria for the good works they are doing to sanitize the system to the bearest minimum in towards achieving a society free of drug Abuse and misuse as he pledges partnership with the command through his initiatives called: “100 Connect 270: Every Ward Matters Project. This partnership documents and book written by me to enable us have enough Sensitisation in the entire State is for your perusal and inputs. The Sensitisation will be backed by periodic assessment evaluation and monitoring with your Staff going out with us to ensure that the Project is yielding results amongst the Youths of Delta State”.
In the words of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori On Youth Mobilization, Ambassador Comrade Uyero Erarawhewho Jnr: “Delta NDLEA Commander Sir, In line with my Boss’, His Excellency, Governor Oborevwori’s commitment as a National Ambassador of NDLEA Agency in the fight against Drug Abuse. He is highly committed to reducing the high rates of Drug abuse in Delta State, and in line with United Nations reports and calls for action, Office as Special Assistant SA to the Governor of Delta State On Youth Mobilization, my team has come for the partnership to carry out this Project together with other critical stakeholders in Delta State. We need your organization’s upport for the actual “100 Connect 270: Every Ward Matters” project, an initiative aimed at mainstreaming youth in governance and reducing drug-related issues in Delta State. We believe that by joining forces, we can make a significant impact on the lives of young people and contribute to the development of our society.
“Project Overview of ‘100 Connect 270: Every Ward Matters’ project is a comprehensive endeavor that seeks to address two critical challenges facing our state: the need for increased youth participation in governance and the pressing issue of drug abuse among young individuals. Through this project, we aim to empower youth, provide opportunities for their political engagement, and implement targeted interventions to prevent and address drug-related problems.
“The Project Objectives are: To Mainstream Youth in Governance. Our project aims to create an environment that encourages and supports youth participation in governance at the ward level. By providing platforms for their voices to be heard, facilitating their inclusion in decision-making processes, and promoting their active engagement in community development initiatives, we aim to empower young people to become agents of positive change”.
“Also, to Reduce Drug Abuse: Recognizing the devastating impact of drug abuse on individuals and communities, we are committed to implementing preventive measures and providing support systems to address this issue effectively. Through awareness campaigns, educational programs, counseling services, and rehabilitation initiatives, we aim to reduce drug abuse and provide necessary assistance to those affected by addiction. We are set to foster Partnership Opportunities:
We firmly believe that collaboration is essential for the success of the “100 Connect 270: Every Ward Matters” project. We call on your organization to partner with us and contribute to this important endeavor. There are several ways in which your organization can support the project”.
“Another objective is to promote Technical Expertise. Your organization’s expertise and experience in the areas of youth empowerment, governance, or drug abuse prevention can greatly enhance the project’s effectiveness. We welcome your guidance and insights in designing and implementing relevant interventions. And most importantly ensure enough Resource Mobilization. Utilizing your network and influence, you can assist us in mobilizing additional resources, including in-kind contributions, sponsorships, or partnerships with other be organizations or stakeholders”.
“Also to promote Advocacy and Outreach: By endorsing and promoting the “100 Connect 270: Every Ward Matters” project, you can help create awareness and generate support at various levels, including government agencies, community leaders, and the general public. We firmly believe that your organization’s involvement and support will significantly contribute to the success of the “100 Connect 270: Every Ward Matters” project. Together, we can empower youth, strengthen governance, and combat drug abuse in Delta State”.
While responding during the visit by Delta NDLEA Commander, Barr Abubakar Wada who commended Governor Sheriff Oborevwori for his support to the command and commitment towards ensuring a drug free society even as he appreciated Ambassador Uyero Erarawhewho, the Governor’s Aide On Youth Mobilization and members of his team for coming to partner with his office. He defined what drug abuse is all about, its effects on Youths using his personal experience during his undergraduate days in the University as he vowed never to involve in such harmful acts. He then restated commitment towards partnerships with Delta State Government to reduce the effects of drug Abuse amongst Youths of Delta State through grassroots sensitisation in line with Uyero’s initiative on: “100 Connect 270: Every Ward Matters”, while he highlighted areas of strengths and challenges faced by the Command in course of doing her job in the State.
Abubakar Wada Esq stated that as part of the Command’s success in the year 2023, that the command is working cordially with Delta State Government, other security agencies and critical stakeholders in Delta State as over 60 sensitisation workshops were carried out by the agency in collaboration with CSOs, NGOs, Youths, Women and other interest groups in Delta State. Barr. Abubakar Wada then used Medium to appeal to Delta State Government to help the Command towards the establishment of Rehabilitation and Counselling Centres for the inmates as part of efforts towards ensuring hundred percent successes in the fight against drug abuse in Delta State.
He added that, the command has successfully prosecuted over 90 cases of drug abuse and over 200 cases are still pending as the Judiciary is equally handling other cases not related to drugs in the legal sector. Delta NDLEA Boss used medium to decorate Governor Oborevwori’s Aide as “Command’s Ambassador, Advocate On The Fight Against Drug Abuse in Delta State”. He added that the Command will continue to partner with critical stakeholders to achieve positive results in the fight against drug abuse.
The dignitaries of Delta NDLEA Command present as visited by Governor Oborevwori’s Aide On Youth Mobilization, Ambassador Uyero Erarawhewho included amongst others are: NDLEA Delta State commander. Barr Abubakar wada, Deputy State commander, DCN Peter odey, Deputy State commander, Operations and Intelligence, DCN Saint Chris owoye, Assistant State Commander, Operations and Intelligence, ACN Harami Nwada, Assistant State commander, Admin and logistics, ACN Victor Ekong, Assistant State commander, Drug Demand Reduction, ACN Omobhude Silas, Assistant State commander, Prosecution and Legal Services, Barr Orji Kalu, and Public Relations officer, ASN Johnkennedy Edoziem. Also present during the visit were members of the team of Governor Sheriff Oborevwori’s Aide On Youth Mobilization.