YOUTHS have been advised to shun drugs abuse ( Mmkpuru miri,) Yahoo plus and Oke Ite as they do more harm than good to anyone that engages in them.
The Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences, Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Professor Obiajulu Obikeze gave the advice at the 7th International Conference of the Faculty of Social Sciences, held at the Tetfund Auditorium, Igbariam New Site.
In his address, Professor Obikeze hinted that the faculty had made it a point of duty to organise the conference yearly to harvest well researched theoretical and empirical articles on issues that are both pertinent and burning in society.
He explained that the conference creates avenues for academics, students and practitioners to come together to brainstorm on important issues.
Professor Obikeze said that the high level of consumption of Mkpuru miri among youths had translated to insecurity in the country, explaining that attempted efforts by the government, community and religious leaders in the past have not addressed the problem of drug abuse and high level of insecurity in the country.
He noted that the devastating effect is better imagined than described and based on this, that scholars assembled to enlightened youths and others on the damaging effect of drugs.
Chairman of the occasion, Professor Chuba Eze, in his remarks, hinted that drug abuse and crime among youths are prevalent in the country and are associated with various degrees of crimes, ranging from cultism , murder, armed robbery, arson, rape , kidnapping, vandalism and ritual killings and urged youths to disassociate themselves from drugs addiction but to embrace their studies.
The lead paper presenter, Professor Walter Ihejirika, who is a Professor of Development Communication and Media Studies , University of Port Harcourt , educated the participants on the theme of the conference ( Mmkpuru miri, Yahoo plus and Oke Ite Prevalence among the Contemporary Nigerian Youths: The Social Science Cross Road) .
He remarked that the joy of every society is to have development, hence the need for youths to embrace their God-given talents and say no to social vices , surge in cybercrime, otherwise known as yahoo yahoo.
A resource person who is the the NDLEA Commander, Anambra State, Mrs Florence Ezeonye, in her paper presentation, made the participants and youths to understand that Mmkpuru miri has ravaged the country and that drug is no respecter of persons and is capable of affecting the persons thinking and causes inability to sleep, as well as damages the addict’s internal organs.
Mrs Ezeonye reminded the people that flogging and beating drug addicts will not stop them from taking the substances, hence the need for them to show addicts love and care and as well, rehabilitate and reintegrate them.
Director of Academic Planning, COOU, Professor Emeka Obi advised people to try to choose the right friends to be their role models and harped on the need for students to have the right attitude.
He made it known that a healthy nation with healthy youths is a nation with e promising future, urging parents to nurture their children with good ethics so that they will not deviate from it.
In her vote of thanks, the chairperson of the Seminar and Conference Committee, Prof Angela Nwammuo, whose joy knew no bounds, thanked the Vice Chancellor, Professor Greg Nwakoby, his deputy , Professor Mathias Ananti, the dean of the faculty, for the permission and approval to organise the conference.