By Ifeanyi Okolie
The recent effort made by music act, Yinka Lawanson a.k.a Lamboginny and Nollywood actress, Stella Damasus where they solicited assistance for flood victims in Delta State, may not have gone unrecognised after all, as they have been appointed by the National Law and Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA as its ambassadors.
The renowned entertainers who were officially unveiled as the new ambassadors during the week at the NDLEA headquarters in Lagos, are expected to sensitise the Nigerian youths on the dangers associated with illicit drug trafficking and usage.
Speaking at the event, the Director-General of the agency, Dr. Otunba Femi Ajayi, said Damasus and Lamboginny were selected due to the outstanding impacts on youths and the society at large.
Lamboginny’s ‘Say No To Crime’ project, he noted, was worthy of emulation while Stella has been an inspiration to the youths through her numerous projects. He, therefore, urged the ambassadors to be active champions against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.
“The role of counter-narcotic champions have become more crucial with the increasing abuse of uncontrolled substances with psycho-active and mood-changing effects. The law cannot properly regulate the use and abuse of illicit drugs. So, the only way out is to embark on public enlightenment and drug abuse education. This has made the use of champions, advocate and good will Ambassadors very important to the NDLEA, ” he stated.
While receiving the endorsement certificates presented to them by the NDLEA, the duo stated that their decision to collaborate with the agency was informed by the need to contribute their own quota to the fight against criminal activities in the country.
According to Stella; “we want to partner NDLEA in saving lives. There is so much work to be done in sensitising the public on drug abuse and other related harmful habits.”
The Ambassadors, however, used the occasion to elicit the support and cooperation of Nigerians in achieving the goal of a drug-free society.