From May 16-20, 2022, Africa Faith and Justice Network Washington DC, Dominicans for Justice and Peace, Catholic Caritas Foundation of Nigeria and Africa Faith and Justice Network Nigeria organized a workshop on Drug Abuse, Ritual Killings and Cultism in Nigeria. The workshop which took place at the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria Resource Center brought together about 85 participants from across Nigeria, representing different segments of the society, eight government agencies, Catholic Women Organization, and several non-governmental organizations.
Three days of the workshop (May 17-19) were open to engaging the public. The workshop featured two discussion panels with panelists drawn from government agencies and NGOs and moderated by Channels Television, and input from specialists on the impact of drug abuse on the individual, families, and the society.
As part of the gathering, participants paid advocacy visits to six government agencies: the Nigerian Police, National Universities Commission students’ division, National Orientation Agency, Ministry of Justice, National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, and National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency, urging them to take the necessary steps to tackle these issues.
Participants on their part designed concrete steps to follow up in their regions. Some have already begun to engage young people in their areas to raise awareness on the implications for their future and that of the country. We are hopeful that the awareness raised which is already yielding some fruits, will contribute to making a difference in the fight against the menace.
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