The first session held at the Emirs Palace in Kano City, Kano State, Northern Nigeria, on Sunday, 20th January 2019.
Participants were drawn from the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Secondary and Tertiary Schools and the Emirate Council.
WFAD-Nigeria collaborated and supported the event.
Report written byBetty Peter Ekanem
“The meeting drew participants from member organizations of World Federation Against Drugs ( WFAD) in Nigeria, and a total of 14 organizations were in attendance.
Barrister Eze Eluchie, a serving Board member of WFAD presided over the meeting. In his opening remarks, he stated that WFAD has an unflinching passion for Nigeria and is conscientiously working as a pro- prevention body in the fight against drugs and substance abuse in Nigeria and the World at large. He therefore encouraged member organizations to align themselves with the overall objective of WFAD and further reverberate the message of prevention as a more holistic approach in the fight against drugs and substance abuse. He strongly noted that membership could be lost or declined an organization promoting legalization of drug use, this is consequent on the underlying connotations of legalization as an approach in the fight against drugs.
Subsequently, member organizations who have been dormant were asked to renew their membership and maintain an active organizational profile on the WFAD website as membership is activity based. Furthermore, members are to notify WFAD of their drug related activities and send reports directly to the WFAD Secretariat and copy Barister Eze Eluchie for accountability. WFAD seeks to identify with and support activities of member organizations in ways possible, hence members are advised to interface more with WFAD.
Going further, to enhance the interface with WFAD in Nigeria, a WhatsApp group is to be created comprising all member organizations in Nigeria for seamless coordination. More so, members are to work in collaboration and partnership as a concerted approach in promoting the cause of WFAD. Thus, a WFAD project should be planned and implemented in 2019 by member organizations.
In regards to the forthcoming WFAD congress in 2020, members are advised to start planning towards attending the forum. To this effect, members will be duly informed on the call for scholarship to attend the forum.
The meeting came to an end with a resolve from members to be more proactive in the fight against drugs.”