OACF Founder, Dr. Chukwu, Advocates For Unified Effort In Combating Substance Abuse

 

The Oluebube A. Chukwu Foundation,(OACF), a non governmental organization, has called for sustained collaboration between agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and international bodies in the ongoing fight against drug abuse.

Founder of the OACF and Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Due Process, Dr Oluebube Chukwu made the call while speaking on the sidelines of the 2024 United Nations Day Against Illicit Trafficking and Drug Abuse.

 

The event, themed “The Evidence is Clear: Invest in Prevention,” was organized by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Umuahia.

 

Dr. Chukwu who underscored the need for a united front to address the prevalent issue, noted that the fight against substance abuse requires a concerted effort from all stakeholders.

“Substance abuse is not just a problem for individuals; it affects families, communities, and the nation as a whole.

 

 

“We need everyone, young people, parents, educators, community leaders, and policymakers, to join hands and work towards a drug-free society”.

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The Governor’s Aide stated that the 2024 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse serves as a crucial opportunity to reflect on the progress made and address upcoming challenges and urged stakeholders to join in the collective effort to combat and support those affected by substance abuse.

 

Describing youths as the future leaders, Dr. Chukwu tasked them to be at the forefront of the anti-drug movement and ambassadors of a drug-free, healthier and more prosperous nation.

 

The Governor’s Aide highlighted the importance of preventive measures, education, and awareness campaigns to curb the rise of substance abuse among youths.

 

“Education is key and by informing our youths about the dangers of drug abuse and providing them with the tools to make healthy choices, we can prevent many from falling into the trap of addiction”, Dr Chukwu stated.

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He appealed to international organizations to increase support for local initiatives aimed at reducing drug abuse and added that .
Global cooperation is essential to enhance resources as well as foster an environment where youths can thrive without the threat of substance abuse.

 

Chukwu, commended the Governor Alex Otti led administration and the NDLEA for their relentless efforts in combating illicit drug abuse
noting that their partnership has been “a cornerstone in the fight against the scourge of drug abuse”.

 

Their dedication and hard work have set a foundation upon which we must build a stronger, more collaborative approach”, he said.

 

The 2024 United Nations Day Against Illicit Trafficking and Drug Abuse, featured discussions on collaborative efforts and innovative approaches to strengthen the fight against drug-related issues.

 

 

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The event was attended by the Abia State Governor, Dr Alex Otti, represented by the Chief of staff, Pastor Caleb Ajagba , Wife of the Governor, Mrs Priscilia Otti, represented by the wife of the Deputy Governor, Mrs Adaeze Emetu, key stakeholders, Government Officials, health professionals, Community Leaders and representatives from various NGOs.