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Friday, 4 January 2019

Ubakala Youths Hold Symposium on Drug Abuse in the Community

General Secretary of Ubakala Youth Association (Abuja Conference) - Mr Enyinnaya Osisiogu, moderating the panel discussion
Cannabis sativa (Indian Hemp), Amphetamines, Tramadol, Spirit, have been identified as most commonly abused drugs in Ubakala community in Umuahia South LGA of Abia State, South East Nigeria. 

This was made known by the Lead Panelist - Pharmacist Chidiebere Okorie of the Federal Ministry of Health, at a Community symposium organized by Ubakala Youth Association (Abuja conference) led by its President, Samson Chibuzo Iroanya, in conjunction with Ubakala Youth League(Federated) - led by Kelechi Ngwaba and the Proudly Ubakala Group at Ubakala Civic Hall on Monday, 29th December 2018.

In his keynote presentation, Pharmacist Chidiebere Okorie who served as President-General of Ubakala Improvement Union - UIU Federated, went further to identify social vices such as Robbery, violence, rape, terrorism, misbehavior and a host of others as consequences of abuse of such substances. He also highlighted hotpots and worst hit groups in Ubakala.

In his separate submission, Barrister Samuel Nwadighioha, arrowhead of the Proudly Ubakala organisation, stated that the group has taken an in depth study of the scourge of Drug abuse in Ubakala and posited that the victims are; "our brothers and sisters and need our love, care and compassion to assist them get out of it." He made a clarion call on everyone to rise to the need for rehabilitation of the victims. He concluded by stating that; "Christ is the surest solution to anyone who feels that it is humanly impossible to fight drug addiction."

Chidinma Johnson, the winner of the recent Ada Ubakala Beauty Pageant regretted that girls are also victims of the menace of drug abuse especially in institutions of higher learning caused by peer pressure, broken homes, unemployment, et cetera. She further expressed her suspicion that law enforcement agencies seem to collude with drug syndicates in the community as persons who report them become threatened.

Cross section of panelists at the Symposium

In the same vein, the other panelists Miss Clara Osisiogu - a Girl Child Rights Advocate, Ugochukwu Ozoemenam - Vice President of Ubakala Youth Association in Abuja and Emeka Onyenucheya all lamented the adverse impact of the scourge and advocated for urgent solution. A session for comments and Questions by the audience was observed before closing.

The symposium was moderated by the General Secretary of Ubakala Youth Association (Abuja Conference) - Mr Enyinnaya Osisiogu, who said that such academic engagements for the development of Ubakala community shall be a constant exercise.

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