A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Former
Commissioner for Investment in Edo State, Mr Dennis Idahosa, has
called for the collaborative effort of all to discourage the menace
of drug abuse and cultism among the youths in the country.
Idahosa, made the call when he played host to a Non-Governmenta
l Organisation, Prince Harrison Ehimiyen Foundation, on Saturday
He said the prevalent of drug abuse and cultism among the youths
have attained an alarming level that needed to be tackled head on
if the enormous potential of the youths must be realised.
He said not only have future of several youths be ruined due to
drug abuse, several others have been killed or rendered
incapacitated as a result of their involvement in cult related
Idahosa said to arrest this, all segment of the society; including
religious bodies, schools and government at all level, must rise to
speak against the menace.
On his part, he expressed his willingness to partner with any
organization to discount he the scourge.
“Let me again again use this medium to advise my fellow youths to
shun cultism and drug abuse as it has no good effect on the
society and themselves.
“I am willing and ready to partner with any organisation whose aim
is primarily targeted at addressing the issue of drug abuse and
cultism in our society,” he stated.
The Executive Director of Prince Harrison Ehimiyen Foundation, Mr
Gabriel Benjamin, had said the foundation was taking the
campaign against drug abuse a cultism to public schools across
He said the need became necessary as recent indices have shown
that drug abuse is prevalent amongst students in secondary
Benjamin said if not checked, the menace has the enormous
potentials to plunge the state and Nigeria into the abyss of
uncertainty and insecurity.
“we are here to seek partnership with your good office and as a
political, to the fight against cultism and drug abuse.
“We need to as a matter of urgency, nip this negative rising-trend
among them, through a robust and aggressive campaign tailored
towards attitudinal & behavioural change on the issue,” he said.