MTN Foundation Commences projects on anti-substance abuse
#MTNASAP will spread to other states of the federation
A round-table discussion about anti-substance abuse was organized by MTN Foundation and took place at Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos on the 28th day of February 2019.
The event, titled "Building a multi-sectoral, multi-stakeholder approach to curtailing substance abuse" was hosted by the Hounourable Commissioner for Health, Dr. Jide Idris and Honourable Commissioner for Youth & Social Development, Mr. Agboola Dabiri.
In the welcome address, what MTN Foundation has been doing in the past years were highlighted. The event was showcased on social media through the following hashtags #JustForYou, #MTNASAP, and #OneChance.
Activated now in Lagos, and also to include some other areas of the federation, the ProjectASAP allows for volunteering, communicating, advocating, and doing more.
Supporters are encouraged to take a walk on Saturday 2nd March, 2019as part of sensitizing the public about the danger of drug addiction. the walk commences at Secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja Lagos.
ASAP, which means As Soon As Possible. At MTN Foundation, ASAP is that, and a whole lot more!
At the event, ASAP was also said to mean Anti-Substance Abuse Project.
As seen on the Foundation website, the MTN Foundation Anti-Substance Abuse Programme (ASAP), a multi-faceted initiative created with one key objective – to stem the tide of substance abuse among Nigerian youth.
"Area Boys", a short drama about the effects of rug abuse on the human body was staged for 25 minutes. The drama helped those in attendance to get into the minds so-to-speak, of people who abuse drugs an for others to see just how damage their perception could be.
Two dramas were staged and a panel of dissusants also answered questions from the audience as much as possible.
Young people are intersested in making an impact, they log on, volunteer and share personal experiences. The Foundation is highly interested in people who are willing to be part of efforts to stop drug menace in Nigeria.
The Foundation will also host another conference in June 2019 on the internal day drugs. The United Nations' (UN) International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking falls on June 26 each year to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.
For success, #MTNASAP needs direct engagement, stakeholder interest and media advocacy.
The round-table discussion was attended by a few dignitaries, and many young pupils from various schools in Lagos.