Society Eye Support Initiative commends FG for ban on tobacco

June 11th, 2018

Society Eye Support Initiative is a Non-Governmental Organisation with focus on encouraging what is good while discouraging what is bad and fighting the ugly aspects of Society using every legal means. In this interview with Kenechukwu Ezeonyejiaku, James Chinedu the Coordinator of the group espoused that a drug-free society remains the panacea for a healthy society.

Society Eye Support Initiative is a Non-Governmental Organisation with focus on encouraging what is good while discouraging what is bad and fighting the ugly aspects of Society using every legal means. In this interview with CYRIACUS NNAJI, James Chinedum, the National Co-ordinator of the group espoused that a drug-free society remains the panacea for a healthy society. Having being in existence for close to 20 years, Society Eye Support Initiative (NGO), with operational based in Lagos and Abuja operated underground but got incorporated in 2017.

According to Mr Chinedum, the group has led quite a number of protests here in Nigeria and Lagos in particular.
“We are articulated in whatever we do. He disclosed that the group at moment is self-financing, but said the organization is in need of sponsorship from the international community, and the corporate bodies because the group is fighting for the good of the society.

Speaking on specifics, Mr Chinedum explained effort made by SESI to ensure the rehabilitation of the impassable Ports Access roads in Lagos, “The road is a very sympathetic place to be, and when those tank farms were coming in I was the first person that said the exact thing about it, and they said I don’t know what is tank farm, but today to the glory of God all of them are calling it tank farm. Even people that have not travelled the way I do, I have travelled far and wide, but some of them have not seen a tank farm in their life. They were accusing me I don’t know what tank farm is all about. Now all of them are into it including the
customers and operators.

On his anti-drug campaign he said the group was recently accredited by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to join them in fighting drug war in Nigeria, that helping to creating awareness, drugs have dealt with our youths.

Let me tell you something which you may not believe, I rode in a vehicle with a very rich man, a politician when I try
to sell this idea to him he asked me one question, he said,

“What do to want us who are into drugs to do? Can you imagine that? I then said Sir, with every due respect if you are into it then you are gone.

Our generation is on their way going, but what are we leaving behind for the children that are coming after us,He replied until we get to that place. Of course drugs has dealt with us.

In fact I have to thank the chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) and the Deputy Director Drug demand Reduction, they are doing a great job, I am working with drug reduction and their officials to create an awareness, so we looked at it critically, do we start from the university? do we start from Poly?, we said no, let us go down, so we decided to start from Secondary schools, so we are launching the drugs reduction awareness club in all the secondary schools in Nigeria.

In the Northern states we are working hard too, both in mosques as well as market places.

Thank God especially the Catholic schools they are responding positively , you see it has not been easy because it involves funding, so we are looking for sponsors/partners that will join us to fight this scurge,we are teaching the children so that they can pass it on. We dramatize drugs, we give them real sensitization, because drug is everywhere.

He welcomed government’s increased duty on tobacco and ban on cough syrups with Codein.

From the society eye investigations, though the government have banned them, but this cough syrups with Codeine is still in the market. Some people with old stocks are still selling it, that same drug that was selling for #450 is about #3000 plus, and the teenagers are taking it, they mix it with soft drinks (laughed).

I was in Kaduna so they took the me to one joint, and when I got there, I met a prostitute with 20 pieces of tramadol, and she threw the 20 pieces into her mouth and flushed it with a bottle of cold soft copy drink and said off I go, so you can imagine that.

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