As part of its interventionist programmes, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) has sensitised students drawn from various secondary schools in Akwa Ibom state on the dangers inherent in joining cultism and drug abuse.
The acting managing director of NDDC, Emmanuel Audu-Ohwavborua, who spoke during the one-day campaign on drug abuse, cultism, and other social vices, weekend in Uyo, said such acts were destructive to the promising futures of the young generation.
The theme of the event was: ‘The Dangers of Drug Abuse and Cultism.’
Audu-Ohwavboua, represented by Mr. Offiong Ephraim, director of Youths and Sport, NDDC, advised the students to shun cultism and drug abuse to enable them contribute meaningfully towards the development of the country.
“In NDDC, we are engaging in some interventionist programmes, and this is part in the series. We decided to embark on this campaign because this is the right time to catch the young ones and tell them why they should not indulge in drug abuse.
“The problems associated with drug abuse are so enormous to quantify. We all know that even in our society, people are not sure of their safety because cultist activities are everywhere.
“After this seminar, if anyone approaches you to join cultism or indulge in drug abuse, you should be able to say ‘no’ because of the dangers that go with these vices.
“So many people have gone mad because of drug abuse and cultism will not allow you to concentrate on your study because if you are a member of any cult group, you may likely drop out of school.”
The MD urged students to become ambassadors and advocates of anti-cultism and drug abuse in their respective schools so other students could also learn and refrain from such practices.