By Adekunle Aliyu
Nigerians have been urged to positively and effectively invest on their children and wards in order to make them tomorrow’s worthy leaders that the nation would all be very proud of.
These remarks were made by a seasoned Senior Psychiatrist Consultant of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba, Dr Yewande Oshodi, at a seminar on drug abuse, titled, “A Transformative Agenda for Youths’ Well Being” organized by the Men’s Missionary Union of New Dawn Baptist Church,Water Corporation Drive, Victoria Island, Lagos, as part of its activities to mark Nigeria’s golden jubilee anniversary celebrations.
In addition, they were also enjoined to counsel them from time to time on the need to abstain from abuse of drugs of whatever shade or make, as this would further guarantee them a very long healthy life.
While counseling Youth against the abuse of drugs, the astute scholar and seasoned administrator warned them on the negative consequences of such abuse, which include instalmental madness and other tendencies that might distance them from the society and bring unbelievable shame to their families and the nation as well.
Enumerating several types of drugs with respective prescriptions, Dr Oshodi was quick to warn that since excess of every thing is bad, it therefore behoves on them to administer such drugs according to the prescription by the medical authority consulted.
She therefore urged the government to enforce effectively the regulations on drug use control, especially through NAFDAC and other relevant bodies.
She berated the deadly influx of fake drugs into the society, to which she proffered stiffer penalties against such deadly act, to serve as deterrent to others.
Dr Yewande Oshodi used the event to plead with the leaders on the need to improve the lot of the society, especially the teeming suffering masses, who inadvertently, often patronize quacks in search of medical treatment.
To this end, she suggested the regulations of pharmacy and patient medicine licence, which must be obtained by very competent organ or body, trusted for such task.
Concluding, she pleaded with the youths to say no to drug abuse at all time, as well as avoid bad, dangerous, irresponsible peer groups, that might destroy, instantly or installmentally, their hope to become great leaders of tomorrow.
In his own comment at the event the Senior Pastor, Shalom Worship Centre, Gbagada Lagos, assured the nation of a better, secured and greater tomorrow. He passionately pleaded with parents and guardians, to train their children and wards in the ways of the Lord and form a common front to reject such menace of bad peer group that might destroy their future.