FDID Highlight fight against drugs and violence
A local Civil Society organization, the Foundation for Democratic Initiative and Development (FDID), has unveiled two billboards to highlight the problem of drugs and violence in our society with the inscription: “TAKE A STAND! SAY NO TO DRUGS AND VIOLENCE!”
For three months now, FDID with support from the British High Commission and UNIPSIL’s Drug Control and Crime Prevention Office, has organized three sessions of workshops for youths in the Central Business District of Freetown on issues depicting the effects of drugs, alcohol and violence.
The campaign has now been supplemented with the erection of billboards to draw the attention of the public on the effect of drug, alcohol and violence.
The billboards are located at A. J. Momoh Street on Tower Hill and at Circular Road adjacent the cemetery.
At the unveiling ceremony, the Director of FDID, Hindowa Saidu, maintained that the proliferation of drugs could fuel crime, adding that, during electioneering time some politicians offer drugs and alcohol to youths to cause them behave negatively.
He concluded that the widespread use of drugs by youths could get them behave violently – which is not just a social problem but security threat.
The CBD, he noted is notorious for drug peddling and trafficking, hence the choice of locations for the billboards.
Hindowa Saidu appealed to government, NGOs and the International Community for more funds in furtherance of the goal to tackle the menace of drug abuse and violence in society.
In his statement, the Drug Control Officer at UNIPSIL, Sil Wilham Wu Shiyin, congratulated FDID for taking a robust stance on drug control and crime prevention and noted they are moving in the right direction.
He pledged UNIPSIL’s continued support and urged FDID and the entire community to do more in the fight against drugs.
Councilor of Ward 374, Abu Bakarr Nylander also known as Agbao, commended FDID for their campaign against drug abuse and pointed out that youths in Constituency 106 are known to be preoccupied with drug abuse and peddling.
On behalf of the City Mayor and the MP, Hon. Ajibola Manley-Spaine, Councilor Nylander doffed his hat to FDID for using his ward as the springboard in the fight against drugs and violence.
Giving the vote of thanks, the Program Officer of FDID, Habib .T. Kamara, urged the public to read and practice what is written on the billboards.
He commended the British High Commission and UNIPSIL for their continued supports.
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