The Social Watch Anti-Drug Abuse Advocacy (SWADAA) of the Royal Line Social Welfare Foundation today organized a one-day sensitization workshop against drug abuse and other related social vices in Nigeria at the Cyprian Ekwensi Art and Culture Centre, Garki Abuja.
Director-General of SWADAA, Dr. Ife Akanse while delivering his keynote address stated that the workshop became necessary because of the high rate of drug abuse, addiction, rape, domestic violence among Nigerian youths today.
He noted that SWADAA as an organization was established with the mandate to educate the youths and adults against drug abuse and addiction because of its consequences which include unintentional injuries, accidents, domestic violence, illnesses, disabilities, and death.
While calling for more support from relevant agencies, Dr. Akanse listed the achievements of SWADAA to include the rehabilitation and empowerment of hundreds of former drug addicts across 20 states of the federation.
His words: "Many youths are dying on a daily basis through the influence of drugs and cultism, while many parents are weeping for their children misdemeanor. Many parents cant control their wards and can’t even stop them from indulging in drug abuse which is the bedrock of major societal ills.
"We are an organization that works for the betterment of our country. This accounts for our advocacy across 20 states of the federation. We have been able to rehabilitate hundreds of youths from drug abuse and also empower them to become better citizens.
"I am using this medium to call on well-meaning Nigerians, civil society organizations and relevant government agencies to join hands with us in our quest to rid our beloved nation of drug abuse and addiction," he added.
Highlights of the event were the display of over 20 youths who had renounced the abuse of drugs and the decoration of Prince Ephraim Obot as the national youth leader of SWADAA.