NGO Partners MSF To Stop Drug Abuse In Schools

Rivers State Governor, Chief Nyesom Wike (right), with mega-star musician, David Adeleke (Davido), during the latter’s visit to Government House, Port Harcourt, recently.

A non-governmental organisation, Bridge the Gap Initiative (BGI), and the Medecins Sans Fronteres (MSF) – (a. k. a Doctors without Borders) – are collaborating to end drug abuse and illicit sex in schools in Rivers State. The founder and Executive Director of the group, Mrs Favour Eva Amado said the group would continue to create awareness among the youth to end these practices.
The group visited Saint Andrew’s Primary School, Rumubiakani and Bishop Crowther Memorial Senior Secondary School (Boys), Elelenwo, to educate the pupils.
The group also visited community primary and secondary schools in Oropotoma axis of Obio/Akpor.
Amadi said: “Bridge the Gap” as a community health and education initiative established to activate intervention in the society was designed to help provide intervention in the areas of education and health to communities in the state, complement the efforts of other NGO and the governments.
“The organisation was borne out of the passion to intervene in addressing some social indulgences bedevilling the society.
“These indulgences are everywhere around the homes, schools and communities. They are things that are either being deliberately neglected or we are incapacitated to face and address as such and for the long time of this careless approach, has gradually ruined the lives of the youth.
“These are issues ranging from drugs abuse, cultism, violent crime, to issues of sexual harassment, rape on both gender, among others. There is also the issue of mental health with its resultant effects of suicide and insanity.
“These, sometimes, are traced to hard drug intake, abuse as well as things they were exposed to and probably either warned or threatened not to speak out which they harboured overtime and could no longer carry on with life, so, they resort to suicide or even madness.”
Vice Principal of Government Secondary School, Rumuomasi, Ataisi Ijeh expressed gratitude to the group for the awareness being created on the issues.
Ijeh said: “I love what Bridge the Gap NGO has done in this school today”.
It is the first of its kind in my mire than one decade stay in this school, I wish they can increase the visit to at least ones every term, especially in September when new set of students will be resuming, it would do us lot better.”