War Against Drug Abuse: ACMF Takes Awareness Campaign to Ogun Secondary Schools

In its efforts to curb the menace of drug abuse and other social vices in the society, Accurate Creative Minds Foundation (ACMF) has taken the war against drug abuse to secondary schools in Ogun State. 

The awareness campaign was sponsored by the Olageospatial Global Investment Company (OGIC) in collaboration with the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Ogun State command and the state Ministry of Education, Science and Technology.  

Our correspondent reports that the awareness campaign was launched at the Lafenwa High School In Abeokuta was aimed at sensitizing young people especially secondary school students about the dangers of drugs abuse. 

In attendance included the school management led by the Vice Principal, Mrs Sopade O. O, the representative of the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, 
Mr Oluwatosin Akindele, OGIC Boss, surveyor Fashina Olajide, the NDLEA team and the team of ACMF. 

In her interactive address with the students, Mrs Morakinyo Oluseyi who led the team of NDLEA spoke on the negative consequences of drug abuse.

She said the awareness campaign organized by ACMF was to enlighten young people, especially Secondary school students, of the ugly trend and the rising cases of young people using hard drugs., adding that a society free from drug/substance abuse is almost or near a crime-free society.

Mrs Oluseyi listed other consequences of intake of hard drugs as mental illness, seizures, heart failure, lack of concentration, unwanted pregnancy, and the inability to perform due to lack of focus, therefore urged the students to desist from using substances that could ruin their chances of adding value to society.

While fielding questions from journalists, the OGIC CEO, surveyor Fashina Olajide who is the main sponsor of the programme said he was able to key into the organizer's idea as to collectively address the escalating issue of drug abuse among youth. 

His words "When the ACMF team came to me , they're the one that have the vision about going around to sensitize youth and children on the danger of drug abuse"

"I am much interested in building the next generation and giving them a proper awareness about the right way of living, why that is because I was once like them , having all kind of influences , I decided that their some certain things that assist me to be who I am today, those right messages needs to be get across to the student that's why I decided to sponsor the program.", he concluded.

In her remarks, the school Vice Principal, Mrs Sopade appreciated the sponsor and the organizer for bringing the awareness campaign to school, therefore urged the students to always speak out if anyone trying to lure them into drug abuse adding that waving war against drug abuse is an assignment for all. 

On her parts, the Deputy Director of Accurate Creative Minds Foundation (ACMF) Benedicta Aluko who spoke on the significance of the programme said the program's significance lies in creating safer, healthier communities where people can live drug-free lives. 

Aluko explained that it's crucial for educating students about the dangers of drug abuse and empowering them with prevention strategies, by reaching students early, we (ACMF) aim to build resilience and equip them to make informed choices, breaking the cycle of substance misuse and promoting societal well-being.

The Deputy Director hinted that the foundation started the awareness campaign in secondary schools with the belief that reaching young people before they engage in drugs is crucial, saying that by intervening at this stage, the campaign aims to prevent future substance misuse and mitigate the associated societal problems.
Aluko said the awareness campaign was designed for entire secondary schools across the state urged for more sponsorship and partnership of the initiative. 

According to her "We plan to expand this initiative to as many schools as possible in Ogun State, as well as schools outside the state. This phase marks just the beginning of the program, generously sponsored by a visionary who believes in reshaping our society for the better. We urge others to join us in sponsoring this program, enabling us to spread awareness nationwide and effect positive change on a larger scale." She concluded.  

Our Correspondent also reports that ACMF took the campaign against substance abuse to Premier Grammar School in Abeokuta where over thousands of students were urged to desist from using substances that could ruin their chances of adding value to society.

To this end, the drug abuse awareness campaign which its a continuous programme will continued in other schools in Ogun State like St. Peters amongst others in the state.

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