The Need for parents to be good role models to their children has been stressed.
Balm for the Bruised Foundation which is a non-governmental organization provides humanitarian and charity services to Nigerians towards promoting the welfare and safety of the people on the principle of equity and justice to foster social and economic development of Nigeria.
In a welcome address, the founder of the organization, Comrade Ekwi Ajide noted that the main thrust of BFBF is to educate the people especially the youths and women on the health risk of drug addiction, adding that the agency is fully committed to carter for stigmatized people in the society.
Comrade Ajide who is also the State Treasurer of NUJ, said mothers as role models should be mindful of their actions as the children look up to them as a first teacher.
The chairman of the occasion, Honourable Pete Ibidia pointed out that abuse of drugs is causing great harm to the society and called on the concerned authorities to spread their network to contain the ugly menace and commended the foundation for educating the youths on health issues and saving them from stigmatization as well as helping them to appreciate the dangers of drugs.
While pointing out that marriage should not be the priority in the life of girls, the Dean Faculty of Social Sciences UNIZIK, who is also the mother of the foundation Professor Stella Okuna, regretted the increasing challenges facing young people, urging them to protect themselves and not give in to self stigmatization.
Other speakers, including the Assistant Commander of Operation and Intelligence NDLEA, Mr. Inalegwu Ameh, Barrister Ezekwike Chekwube and Dr. Emmanuel Egbunonu represented by Barrister Ezinne Eme noted that domestic violence causes advise psychological effects on the children and enlightened the students on some of the dangers of hard drugs and stigmatization among others.
Presentation of awards to the sponsors of the foundation form the high points of the event.