Taiwo Oluwadare, Ibadan
The Ogbomoso First Group, a socio cultural organisation in ogbomoso community, on Monday, joined the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agencies (NDLEA) and student body to sensitise the people on the effects of abusive use of drugs in the society.
The sensitsation programme which was part of the activities marking the 2018 United Nation Day against Abuse of Drugs and Illicit Trafficking held at professor Tunde Afolabi Lecture Hall ,Ladoke Akintola University of Technologu Ibadan also feature the inuaguration of Drug Free Club LAUTECH chapter in Ogbomoso.
President of the organization Otunba Bayo Babatunde in his welcome adress decried the increasing rate of drug abuse in Ogbomoso and its environs.
He lamented that Ogbomoso has the highest number of users of illicit drugs in Oyo state. Adding that ” we are concerned about the future generations and we intend to catch them young
”Threats from drug is too large to be ignored,we must take immediate action to safeguard our society, drug addiction is a draconian demon that can hold our society, we must never forget that a thousand journey never happens at one go it take little efforts each day.”
Babatunde however call on the law enforcement agencies to be more effective, proactive and adopt the tested strategies employed by other nations who have successfuly controlled the use of drugs in their countries.
Commandant, NDLEA Ogbomoso Area Command, A. A. Yusuff, in his remark, said the command was not relenting in its effort to reduce the influence of drugs among the youths in Ogbomoso.
“Apart from holding periodic sensitization program like this we also raid joints and search vehicles for illicit drug.”
He attributed the increasing rate of drugs among the youths in Ogbomoso to fertility of the land and geographical location vehicles going to the North from the south do pass through ogbomoso and some of the vehicles are use to trafficking drugs.
Onpetu of Ijeru, Oba Sunday Oyediran Olagbami Osekun II, while admonishing the students said abuse of drugs demoralises and kill beautiful dreams.
President-elect of LAUTECH SUG, Laurel Abiodun Oluwaseun and the President of the Drug free Society, Gomwalk Michael Adebowale, in their separate speeches, commended the Ogbomoso First Group and NDLEA for involving them in the campaign and promise to not to relent in the bid to reduce drug use and abuse in the community.