NGO partners with FCT schools and health officials to address GBV and substance abuse

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By Gami Tadanyigbe

Women Friendly Initiative (WFI), an NGO, says it is committed to contributing its quarter to end gender-based violence (GBV) and substance abuse among youth in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) .

The chief executive of the NGO, Dr Francis Eremutha, revealed this on Thursday during a one-day meeting with
school management stakeholders and health officials in Abuja.

Eremutha said the initiative was part of the organization’s response to the EU-funded Agents for Citizens Driven Transformation (ACT) programme.

He said the meeting created an opportunity for school counsellors, health workers and CSOs to share experiences, challenges, innovations and successes recorded during activities aimed at stemming the threat.

He encouraged meeting participants to leverage the GBV and Substance Abuse Response Directory developed through the project to improve collaboration and effective referral linkages.

The WFI Program Officer, Mrs. Rosemary Adejoh-Adaji, commended the school authorities and their partners for their efforts in tackling drug abuse in the country.

She said about 150 stakeholders including school counselors, clinic officers, health club coordinators, student leaders, health workers and civil society organizations had already received training on prevention and the response to GBV and substance abuse.

According to her, WFI is currently targeting more than 20,000 students through outreach campaigns at FCT schools to raise awareness of the threat.

Ms. Eunice Madaki, Head of GBV and Adolescents and Youth Office of Kuje Regional Council, commended WFI for this initiative.

She urged the organization to also step up its efforts to target parents in the campaign to achieve inclusive outreach. (NAN)(www.nannews.ng)

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Edited by Abiemwense Moru/Hadiza Mohammed-Aliyu

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