Civil society and non- governmental organizations in Nigeria have been enjoined to campaign against drug addiction while encouraging youths to see education as key to development.
The Minister for Interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola gave the charge when he played host to a team of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ in his office in Abuja.
Aregbesola lamenting the fact that education, which is the bedrock of all forms of development is very poor in Nigeri,a said that any efforts made by civil society organizations such as CEPEJ to bridge the gap as obtains in the developed world would be highly appreciated.
Encouraging the CEPEJ team to sustain the energy with which it has been driving the mandate of the organization, he advised the organization to focus on education and advocacy towards eliminating drug addiction and ensuring security nationwide
Responding, the National Coordinator of CEPEJ, Comrade Sheriff Mulade told the Minister that over 90% of the NGO’s funds for administrative and programme activities come from a private source, a philanthropic arm of his business.
The National Coordinator thanked the Minister for hosting the CEPEJ team and promised to work on the advice to the NGO to develop programmes in collaboration with the Ministry.