YEIFOUNDATION Sets to Mark World Drugs Day with a Lecture

YEIFOUNDATION Sets to Mark World Drugs Day with a Lecture

YEIFOUNDATION Sets to Mark World Drugs Day with a Lecture

Young Entrepreneurs and Innovators Foundation (YEIFOUNDATION), is sets to mark World Drugs Day, with a lecture titled, “The Evidence is clear, Invest in Prevention,”on 26th June, 2024, at No 10 Lord Lugard Street Asokoro, by 1pm.

World Drugs Day is being observed every year, June 26, the world mark World Drug Day, also known as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. This day is meant to create awareness about the detrimental effects of drug abuse and promoting global efforts to combat illicit drugs/substance trafficking.

In the Press statement by the President of YEIFOUNDATION, Abraham Eshioramhe Ofeoshi, said this year’s theme, “The evidence is clear: invest in prevention,” calls on communities and policymakers to adopt an evidence-based approach to prevention, enlighten the public on the significance of the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
According him, “United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), guideline is to raise awareness about the importance of treating people who use drugs with respect and empathy; providing evidence-based, voluntary services for all; offering alternatives to punishment; prioritizing prevention; and leading with compassion.”
He added that YEIFOUNDATION is a member of Community intervention Network on Drugs (CIND). A Network of Civil Society Organizations CSO’s whose objective are to advocate for a balanced effective drugs policy in Nigeria, encourage evidence based treatment and care services for people who use drugs and promote research in drugs prevention, treatment and care (DPTC).
Also, the event will feature two renowned and erudite Professors as the keynote speakers and award recipients: Prof. Nuhu Yaqub OFR, and Prof. Mabel Ifeoma Onyemelukwe.

Prof. Nuhu Yaqub OFR, a First-Class Honours graduates from the Bayero University, former Vice Chancellor, Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto and former Vice Chancellor University of Abuja. During his tenure as the Vice Chancellor, his administration encouraged manpower development by recruiting qualified academic staff into the system, while encouraging seasoned academics on sabbatical and those visiting to join the system. He improved on the staff strength before the end of his tenure. He recruited qualified academic and non-academic staff to make UniAbuja a true centre of unity, unlike what it was before he became its VC. He was described as a ‘rare Nigeria par excellence’.

Prof. Mabel Ifeoma Onyemelukwe, a Nigerian Professor of French and African literature in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; with 183 publications to her credit comprising: 149 articles in peer-reviewed national and international scientific journals/books; 3 articles in official Conference Proceedings and 31 books. She participated actively and fruitfully in 30 international and national conferences and workshops where she impacted vigorously colleagues and mentees. She has remained highly productive with a record of 139 additional publications since she became a Professor, a rare virtue in Nigerian Professors.
Other awardees are: Chief Engr. Samuel Enyindah Amadi, a Philanthropic per Excellence, EZE OMENI OHA 1 OF OMUDIOGA, Council Member, Omudioga Clan Council of Chiefs and Traditional Rulers; a staff of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria (SPDC) with over twenty years work experience in various departments of the company and the CEO of Amadise and Sons Nigeria Ltd.
Dr. Kingsley Mayowa Okonoda, the Chief Medical Director/ CEO Netwealth Medical Services and Rehabilitation Centre, State Low Cost, Rantya, Jos. Consultant Psychiatrist and immediate past Deputy Chairman Medical Advisory Committee on Education and Training at the Jos University Teaching Hospital and Reader (Associate Professor) in Addiction, Social and Rehabilitation Psychiatry at the University of Jos. He is a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians. A Master Trainer for the United Nation’s Office on Drug and Crime and Federal Ministry of Health, North Central Coordinator, Community Intervention Network on Drugs, a Network of NGOs and Civil Society Organizations involved in drug prevention, sensitization, treatment, rehabilitation, and policy.

Dr Nkwoji Nicholas Okanniegbulem (FCA), is a seasoned Professional Accountant, Educator, leadership consultant, a Business and Finance Consultant. He is the current Bursar of Alvan Ikoku University of Education, Owerri one of the newly upgraded Colleges of Education in the country, overseeing financial activities of the University; providing financial advisory function to the Chief Executive Officer.
The event will as well converge key stakeholders in the health sector, both government and private sector.

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