Ughelli, Delta State – On the impactful day of June 7, 2023, a momentous sensitization workshop was held at the Ughelli North Local Government Council Secretariat. The focus of this gathering was to address the escalating issue of illicit drug use among the youth in Ughelli and the dire consequences it brings. A collaborative effort between the Delta State Conflict Prevent Council, NDLEA (National Drug Law Enforcement Agency), the Police, and the Human Rights Protection Congress ensured the success of this crucial event.
With the grand purpose to reorientate and enlighten 150 youths, as well as deter drug barons from perpetuating their illicit activities, this workshop aimed to inspire positive change in Ughelli North. Delegates and representatives from seven communities within the Ughelli Kingdom, Ughelli North LGA, Delta State, Nigeria were in attendance, making it a truly inclusive and impactful affair.
Distinguished personalities present included the revered Ovie of Ughelli Kingdom, His Royal Majesty, Oharisi III, the President General of Ughelli Kingdom, community presidents and secretaries, high chiefs, as well as leaders from the Hausa and Yoruba communities. The Commissioner of Police, duly represented by the Area Commander, ACP. Ademola Adebayo, and the State Commandant NDLEA, represented by ACN Silas Omobude, brought their influential presence to strengthen the fight against drugs. Numerous other security agencies also graced the occasion, amplifying the united front against this menace.
Goodwill messages were delivered by Chief Godwin Adode, Chairman of Ughelli North Local Government Council, who was highly represented by the Secretary to the Council, Hon. Igogono. Chairman of the Conflict Prevent Council, Agboro Andrew PhD, Consultant to the Conflict Prevent Council, Ambassador Edewor Egedegbe, and representatives from the Human Rights Protection Congress, including the state Director, Comrade Monday Enudi, and activist Kelvin Ejumudo, made powerful contributions to the cause. The NDLEA commandant, ACN Silas Omobude, also played a vital role in addressing the audience.
During the event, Ambassador Edewor Egedegbe delivered a compelling presentation on the pressing need for moral and value reorientation. ACP. Ademola Adebayo shed light on the dangers of illicit drugs and substance abuse, while the NDLEA commandant emphasized the severe consequences these substances have on society.
The workshop engaged in insightful deliberations, uncovering the numerous challenges faced by the region. The rampant issues of kidnapping, drug abuse, possession of light arms, prostitution, trafficking, cybercrimes, and other social malpractices were identified. To combat these challenges holistically, Andrew Agbarho PhD recommended a multi-dimensional approach, urging stakeholders to join forces and eradicate this menace at its roots.
High Chief Pius Omubaye JP, the President General of Ughelli Kingdom, encouraged communities and institutions to rise to the occasion and spearhead a value reorientation exercise within their respective domains. The representative of the Commissioner of Police stressed the significance of incorporating cultural factors and systems that counter drug abuse and illicit substance consumption while ensuring appropriate treatment measures. Moreover, the importance of collaboration between human rights organizations and the police was emphasized to combat cybercrime effectively.
In his closing remarks, the Director of the Human Rights Protection Congress, Dcn Monday Enudi, expressed gratitude to all stakeholders and organizers of the workshop. He urged the youth and community leaders to understand that ignorance of the law is no excuse for committing crimes and offenses. Dcn Enudi also highlighted the detrimental effects of hard drugs on human health