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How To Ensure Your Children Desist From Drug Abuse

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Dr Ngozichukwu Unaogu, a Consultant Psychiatrist, on Saturday charged families to ensure that children and wards desist from experimenting or engaging in drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

Unaogu, who is the Head, Training and Research of Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Enugu, gave this advice while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on the import of 2021 World Drug Abuse Day.

This year’s World Drug Abuse Day, which is celebrated every June 26, is with the theme: “Share Facts on Drugs and Save Lives’’.

Unaogu noted that families have a lot to do in terms of sensitizing the young ones against drug abuse since “the family is the smallest unit of the society’’.

According to her, every individual comes from a family and I think if each family trains and educates their wards against drug abuse and trafficking, the job will be less.

“When the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking is brought down to the family level, a lot will be achieved in stemming the menace and up scaling treatment at the neigbourhood, community, state and societal levels.

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“There is a need for parents to find time to educate their wards on psycho-active substances and their various side effects on the physical, emotional and social aspect of their lives.

“I think if we take it from the cradle, from the family level, we will achieve more than we are achieving now.

“Because children will grow up with the knowledge and awareness that psycho-active substances or drugs are injurious to health. I also think it will reduce the demand and use of drugs,’’ she said.

Unaogu, who is also the Head of Training of International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP), also called on parents to monitor children’s behaviour, the friends they keep and their social engagements.

She advised parent to watch out for signs that suggest drug use in children, which includes withdrawal to oneself, being secretive, being aggressive or relapsing into depression, having strange objects or paper wrappers in school bags and their rooms.

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“Other signs are: keeping secretive friends, keeping late at nights or staying outdoors excessively;  visiting morally injurious websites in the Internet and suddenly showing signs of disrespect and boldness,’’ the consultant psychiatrist said.

She also warned parents to protect their children against bad influence of adults that take alcohol, cigarette and Indian hemp around homes no matter how closely related to the family.

Unaogu said: “Make it clear that uncles and aunts taking one form of drug or alcohol do it outside the home and never to send a child on an errand to buy some for them.

“Most times, children will be tempted to experiment taking the remnant of the alcohol or smoke when asked to tidy-up the table in the guise of wanting to get a feel of what the substances give or do’’.

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World Drug Abuse Day is meant to strengthen action and cooperation in achieving the goal of a world free of drug abuse.

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Prince Abdulrahman Obaje is a Media and ICT Consultant, Journalist, online marketer, social media strategist, Mathematician and Computer Scientist based in Abuja, Nigeria. He is the Founder and the Publisher of The Informavores!. You can reach me on +234 805 939 5252 or send i-witness report directly to me on news@informavores.com.ng.

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Breaking: EFCC Chairman, Bawa, Slumps While Speaking In Aso Rock

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Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Abdulrasheed Bawa, Thursday slumped at a programme at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Bawa was speaking on the importance of digital identification in commemoration of the National Identity Day when he suddenly became emotional, attributing his demeanour to the death of a staff of the commission. adsbygoogle || []).push({});

He, however, did not give details of the identity of the staff.

Shortly after he said he couldn’t continue his speech and then walked off the stage, sat in his chair and slumped.

The EFCC boss was then immediately rushed out of the hall, accompanied by the Minister of Communications and Digital Economy, Mr Isa Pantami.

Later, Mr Pantami returned to the hall and said he was now in a stable condition.

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Buni Mourns Victims Of Unfortunate Air Strike, Assures lnvestigation of lncident

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The Yobe state Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni, has, directed his Special Adviser on Security Affairs, to liaise with the Nigeria Air-force and the  Multi National Joint Task Force, to look into the unfortunate Air strike.

Buni given the directive when he Send the commiserated with families of those who lost their lives in the unfortunate Air strike  on Buhari village in Yunusari local government area of the state.

In a statement signed and issue by Mamman Mohammed,DG, Press and Media Affairs.which was made available to Aljazirahnews in Damaturu the yobe state capital, said although it could have been an accident or mistaken target, but government will join hands with the security agencies to unravel the root cause of the incident.

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According to the statement “Government will work closely with the security forces especially the Nigeria Airforce to establish what actually happened” Governor Buni assured.

“This is very important and necessary for us to guard against future occurance and to safeguard the lives of our people.”

Governor Buni also assured the preparedness of his administration to work with all security forces to ensure the safety of the state.

Meanwhile, the governor has directed government hospitals in Geidam and Damaturu to offer free medical services to those who sustained injuries from the air strike.

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Similarly, the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) has been directed to provide relief materials to cater for the immediate needs of the families of the deceased persons and other members of the community.

Recall that at least Ten people were killed and more then 20 seriously injured as a result of aerial bombardment by yet to be ascertained jet on market day.

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Governor Bala Suspends Executive Secretary Pilgrim Board Over Alleged Corruption

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The Bauchi state Governor,  Senator Bala Mohammed, has approved the suspension of the Executive Secretary of the Bauchi state Muslim pilgrims welfare Board, Alhaji Abubakar Babangida Tafida.

This is contained in a statement signed and issued by the special adviser media and publicity Muktari Gidado.

The statement further said that the suspension which was communicated to the executive Secretary in a latter signed by the Secretary to the state government Dated the 14 of September was with immediate effect.

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The suspended executive Secretary was directed to handover the affairs of the Board to the most senior office in the Board pending the outcome of an investigation that has been instituted by government into the affairs of the Board.

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