Ogbomoso Community Initiative Club O’ First, a socio- cultural organization at the weekend launched behavioural anonymous centre in Ogbomoso
A ‘behavioral anonymous center’ is a place where people suffering from addiction or substance use disorders can receive care or be counselled.
In such places, people who seek or need to change certain behaviors, thoughts, emotions, amongst others, can enhance their lives by undergoing a rehabilitation process.
The centre was built purposefully reduce and control the abuse of hard drugs among the youths in Ogbomoso and its environs through guidance and counselling and related activities
The chairman of the organization Oloye Ademola Dare – Williams, in his welcome adress said the concerns on the usage of hard drugs by youths in Ogbomoso is enhance a sane society a banish the menace
He noted the drug crisis has escalated to the level that pupils of primary and secondary school students are involved in the use of hard drugs.
Chief Dare added that the centre will be used for treating, counselling and rehabilitating drug users.
In his keynote address, the chairman of the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha said no country can survive with the high level of drug abuse
Mustapha who was represented by his Chief of Staff, Barrister Femi Oloruntoba maintained that unless Nigerians take up the battle against abuse of hard drugs themselves the country is going nowhere in the fight against hard drugs .
Also Chairman Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse PACEDA represented by Mr Lanre Funsho in his speech said the rapid deteriorating level of societal values and norms are the adverse effect of drug abuse and illicit trafficking, thus saluting O first initiative for standing up high to tackle the menace.
Mrs Foluso Ajayi, Representative of United Nations Office of Drug and Crime Control in her speech revealed that 14.4 million people in Nigeria engage in the usage of hard drug with Oyo state being a major cultivator and user of cannabis in the country.
Dignitaries at the event include HRM Oba Sunday Oladapo Oyediran Osekun ||| HRM Oba Moses Olayiwola Aresapupa of Iresapa HRM Oba Samuel Amao Aale of Okelerin, Alhaji Haruna Bala Seriki Sabo of Ogbomoso land, Permanent Secretary, SGF, Barr Olusegun Adekunle, Rep UN Mrs Foluso Ajayi, Chief of Staff NDLEA, Barr Femi Oloruntoba, NDLEA Oyo, Osun and Kwara state commandant, AIG Shehu Babalola RTD , Alhaji Saka Balogun, Bishop David Moradeyo, Dr Oyedapo Abdulmaruf, Security agencies among others