SSDP Nigeria

Chapter Building

730 points

Policy Change

300 points

Training and Education

241 points

Points Earned This Year:1271

Spent: 0

Rollover from last year: 220

Current balance: 1491

Lifetime points: 1491

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Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP University of calabar hosted an in house training where Roisin was invited to do the training
Attend leadership or skills-building training (5 points per person per training) 50 ten leaders of SSDP Nigeria joined the leadership training hosted by Isaac Ogunsola where we discussed what sensible drug policies are as well as why know instead of no drugs
Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria hosted a twitter drug talk to commemorate the wrold health day
Positive quote/media hit (10 points) 20 Saheed Ibrahim was on Orange FM to discuss the dangers of discrimination against PWUD
Host community building event (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria hosted a Drugs & People symposium to commemorate the World Human Rights Day in the University of Ibadan. The discussions at the symposium highlighted drug use and the rights of people in the society. Adebisi Yusuf, the SSDP University of Ibadan chapter President spoke about the need for people to have sufficient knowledge to guide their decision making process. In the same light, Bashorun Olufemi, advised the students to identify with the value of knowledge when addressing our drug challenges in Nigeria. The audience, mostly students of the University of Ibadan, engaged the discussants in the questions and answers session which was handled by Saheed Abidemi, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Outreach Committees
Host community building event (20 points) 20 The Nigeria Youth SDGs NETWORK Cross River State in partnership with United Nations Information Centre(UNIC) and Student For Sensible Drug Policy, University of Calabar (SSDP Nigeria) observed the International Human Rights Day by organising a conference in Cross River State. The conference had seasoned speakers who championed intelligent discussions on Human Rights. The panel discussion and participant discussion led to educative and interactive session on trending National issues in Nigeria relating to Human Rights. Issues like Gender based violence, Vulnerable children, Rule of law and the 30 Human Rights articles were succinctly discussed. The SSDP University of Calabar chapter President, Isaac Olusola; lamented the rate at which Human Rights have been openly violated on the excuse of drug use in Nigeria
Attend leadership or skills-building training (5 points per person per training) 50 SSDP Nigeria attended the '1-Day National Symposium and Open House Event with the theme "Drug Control Beyond the Rhetoric: focusing on what works" which was hosted by Youthrise Nigeria. The symposium was held in Abuja, the capital city of Nigeria with leaders of SSDP Nigeria in attendance. Dele Fayemi, the SSDP Coordinator for Abuja led the SSDP Nigeria team, the team made sensible contributions to the topic of discussion
Host community building event (20 points) 20 Mcfredericks Akor Edache, a Mental Health Doctor and a member of SSDP Nigeria gave a drug talk to members of the Drugs and the Society CDS group of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Kaduna. He talked about the ban placed on Codeine and Tramadol by the Federal government who cited abuse as the reason behind the ban. The CDS group scheduled visits to different High Schools in Kaduna to discuss drug related issues and required productive training from SSDP Nigeria to begin with their plans
Host community building event (20 points) 30 Government Secondary School, Narayi invited SSDP Nigeria and MCFredrick Mental Health Consultancy to speak to the students about the role of sporting activities to address substance abuse at the grand finale of its inter house sports. The abuse of substance by teenagers and adolescents was recently reported to be on the increase by the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). McFredericks Akor Edache seized the opportunity to speak with the students on the need to seek help about their drug challenges when they need help. Ephraim Ebene, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Administrations; as well as Valentine Idaewor, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Protocols; Dr Fahad Ahmed Chikaji, the SSDP Kaduna State Coordinator advised teachers to make themselves available for students to talk to, saying that young people will only open up when they're sure of the person they intend to speak with
Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 Mubarak Abdulsalam, chapter President of SSDP Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria was hosted by News-embassy (a social media news channel) for a tweet-chat @newembassy on the topic ‘Curtailing the spread of HIV/AIDS among People who Inject Drugs (PWID)’ with the hashtag #Haltthespread. He spoke on the public health implication of HIV proliferation among PWID, measures to take in terms of making sensible policies that foster harm reduction measures and safeguard the health of the public
Positive quote/media hit (10 points) 10 It was a beautiful moment with Queen Adesuyi, a Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance's Office of National Affairs in Washington, D.C. There was a radio program on Unilag FM 103.1, where the trio of Moronfolu Adeniyi, the SSDP contact person for Africa, and Chidi Enitan of SSDP Nigeria along with Queen spoke about Drugs, Drug Policies, Marijuana Law Reforms, and Harm Reduction
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 It was a beautiful moment with Queen Adesuyi, a Policy Manager at the Drug Policy Alliance's Office of National Affairs in Washington, D.C. There was a radio program on Unilag FM 103.1, where the trio of Moronfolu Adeniyi, the SSDP contact person for Africa, and Chidi Enitan of SSDP Nigeria along with Queen spoke about Drugs, Drug Policies, Marijuana Law Reforms, and Harm Reduction
Host community building event (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria hosted an event to commemorate the World AIDS Day in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State. we had speakers form the Federal Medical Center, Abeokuta, and also from Precious Pharmacy
Host community building event (20 points) 20 The Drugs and People conference to commemorate the World AIDS Day registered a huge success. we made the News! We surely cannot overemphasize the value of knowledge when addressing our drug challenges in Nigeria https://youtu.be/Cui7hzQV8Hs
Host community building event (20 points) 20 To officially kick off its annual inter house sports festival, Government Secondary School, Narayi invited SSDP Nigeria and MCFredrick Mental Health Consultancy to speak to the students about the role of sporting activities to address substance abuse. The abuse of substance by teenagers and adolescents was recently reported to be on the increase by the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA). McFredericks Akor Edache seized the opportunity to speak with the students on the need to seek help about their drug challenges when they need help. Ephraim Ebene, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Administrations; as well as Valentine Idaewor, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Protocols; Dr Fahad Ahmed Chikaji, the SSDP Kaduna State Coordinator advised teachers to make themselves available for students to talk to, saying that young people will only open up when they're sure of the person they intend to speak with
Speak at an external event 20 SSDP Nigeria attended the annual Students' Conference hosted by the National Association of Microbiology Students (NAMS), of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife. The conference gathered students from the department of Microbiology, who discussed the health risks of codeine overdose. The Federal Government of Nigeria announced a ban on the production and import of cough syrup containing codeine after a BBC investigation into its role in an addiction epidemic. The BBC investigation showed the syrup being sold on the black market to be used by young Nigerians to get high. Alaka Hassan and Obawole Adeola, leaders of SSDP in Obafemi Awolowo University discussed the recall of 2.4 million bottles of codeine cough syrup in 2018 after National outrage over endemic use of opioids. They suggested that banning a product is not the best approach towards addressing such issues, they called for better and more friendly policies which will ensure a long lasting solution to the situation.
Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 30 SSDP Nigeria hosted its WhatsApp drug talk yesterday and recorded the highest number of participation since it was started. Olaoye Damilola Quazeem, the co-founder of Pharmacostory Health Awareness Initiative (PHAI) and the SSDP University of Ibadan Vice President was our guest. He talked about Tramador: Uses, Abuse and Consequences. The drug talk registered One Hundred and Ninety Nine participants (199). Abidemi Saheed, the SSDP Nigeria Outreach Director was the host of the WhatsApp drug talk. The SSDP Nigeria WhatsApp drug talk is a platform for all members to learn about drugs and policies, to raise observations, to form opinions, to ask questions, to suggest better options, and to share ideas to ensure that our voices will continue to be heard.
Host community building event (20 points) 20 The SSDP Nigeria was invited to have a drug talk with students of Mafoluku Senior Grammar School, Lagos on drug use, misuse, and abuse. The Vice President on Membership Growth and Development, Adeola Oyerinde, represented SSDP Nigeria, he enlightened the students on the principles of harm reduction. He spoke about our drug policies in Nigeria and explained the reasons for a change in these policies. Mrs Fafunso Olubunmi, a new leader in SSDP Nigeria spoke from the angle of human health, she engaged the students to speak up when they need help over their drug challenges. She advised them to disregard the criticism against people who use drugs in Nigeria as we currently experience and speak up, saying that when people seek help, they have a huge chance of finding a solution to their drug challenges. The Principal of the school, Mr Akanbi thanked SSDP for drug talked and promised to get in touch with each student who speaks up
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 The visit became necessary considering the growing concern over the rate of road accidents as a result of drug use according to the command. The command, in collaboration with OSDCC will embark on a sensitization program to educate road users about drugs
Recruit and train next chapter President (30 points) 30 SSDP Nigeria has successfully completed the process of establishing a new chapter at the University of Calabar, (UNICAL) Cross-River State. They had their inauguration yesterday with a good number of turnouts by members of the new chapter. Below is a list of the leaders: Chapter President: Ogunkola Isaac Olushola Vice President: Odey Goodness Ogeyi Director of Administrations: Imo Uchenna Frank Director of Welfare: Okolo-francis Pauline Nzube to be assisted by Idu, Omolola Grace. Director of Publicity: Habila Isaiah Yusuf Director of protocol: Hope Jonah to be assisted by Abba Mathew Ejeh. They had an interactive session changing our drug policies as wells as ending the war on drug, and harm reduction.
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 members and leaders of SSDP Nigeria attended the Centre for Research and Information on Substance Abuse (CRISA) symposium in Abuja to discuss drugs and drug policies in nigeria
Host community building event (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria visited Nurudeen Grammar School in Ogbomoso, Oyo state. The SSDP chapter president of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso, led the visit to observe the World largest lesson on SDG goals activation. Lawal Kamil, who is the Chapter President spoke to the teenagers about the SDG goals and encouraged them to be a part of the dream. He outlined 17 Sustainable Development Goals to them, while informing them of how each item can be of benefit to the world. The visitation was in partnership with SDG, with the vision to bring young Nigerians into the picture and educate them of how to become a part of the process.
Host community building event (20 points) 20 In Calabar, the capital city of Cross-River State, SSDP Nigeria observed the World's Largest Lesson with students of West Africa People's Institute. This year's theme is 'Activating The Nigeria's Children for the SDGs (sustainable development goals). Isaac Olusola, the SSDP University of Calabar president engaged the students to understand the interdependence of the 17 goals. He admonished the students to draw a connection between the SDGs and their own life, and to design their own vision of the Gaols In conclusion, the SSDP Nigeria team spoke to the students on synthesing information and declare a personal pledge to take action for the SDGs.
Positive quote/media hit (10 points) 10 SSDP Nigeria was invited to join a Radio program by Family FM in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State, to discuss how the war on drugs has caused more damage to the people and the society. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President spoke about the high number of Nigerians who are wasting away in Nigerian prisons for using drugs rather than add their own quota to the development of the country. He complained about the rate of ignorance about drugs by many youths, saying that people will take the right decisions if they're empowered with the right knowledge. The Radio program lasted one hour with 17 people calling into the program to make complaints about their unfortunate treatment or that of a family member or friend at the hands of law enforcement agents. Through this, SSDP in Ogun State will embark on an awareness campaign in local communities to educate people.
Host campaign-centered event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 In collaboration with Girl Space Charity Foundation, SSDP Nigeria marked the International Day for the Girl Child at Kunchingoro Internally Displaced People (IDP) Camp, Abuja. The SSDP Abuja Coordinator, Dele K Fayemi, along with SSDP members in Abuja spoke to the girls about the Girl Power and the need for them to speak up if they need assistance to overcome substance abuse. He iterated on the need for the girls to understand the principles of harm reduction. A productive lesson that many do not have the opportunity to get. Dele encouraged the girls to be open to their teachers, saying that girls and women represent both the present and the future of the society.
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 The West African Regional Conference was held in the University of Ibadan by African Students for Liberty (ASFL) The conference gathered young leaders from across different countries in West Africa. Leaders and members of SSDP Nigeria were also a part of the gathering. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President shared his experience about young people who have suffered imprisonment and discrimination in the society for drug usage. He complained about how young Nigerians have been stigmatised by family members and friends, leading to depression and addiction. He claimed that imprisonment of people who use drugs is old-school, saying the new order is to ensure that proper education and orientation is given to guide the choices and decisions of youths. Reacting to a question from one of the audience, Olufemi complained of the state of our rehabilitation centers, saying that the government needs to do more in that area. A few members attendants of the conference who expressed interest in joining SSDP Nigeria will undergo a 3-week training.
Host campaign-centered event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 In Commemoration of the Girl Child Day, 2019 SSDP Nigeria was invited by Heyik International High School Kakuri, Kaduna to speak to their students on "Women and Substance Abuse". Valentine Idaewor, the SSDP Director of Protocols; as well as Ephraim Ebene represented SSDP Nigeria in the gathering. They spoke about the need for the girls to know about drug use, misuse, and abuse. Valentine advised parents and teachers to make themselves available to the girls to ask questions about drugs and learn from it. He claimed that if young people do not go to the right people to seek knowledge, they're likely to get it from wrong sources. While speaking to the girls, Ephraim encouraged the girls to approach their teachers on issues related to drug use that they need clarifications on. He further said that girls represent both the present and future of Nigeria, and requested that an SSDP Nigeria High school club is established for the students to discuss and learn.
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 Leaders and members of SSDP Nigeria attended the ASFL West African Regional Conference in the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. There, we set up a tabling and met one another. The conference gave us the opportunity to rub minds and discuss further about drugs and policies.
Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria celebrated the international day for the girl child with senior students of Abeokuta Girls Grammar School in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State. The celebration was to remind our girls of their great potentials which is needed to grow and develop our society. Bashorun Olufemi, one of the invited speakers and the President of SSDP Nigeria spoke to the students on the need to know about drug use, misuse, and abuse. The celebration was attended by all teachers of the school as well as invited guests from outside. The celebration was tagged "Educating the Girl Child"
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 SSDP Nigeria was a part of the Ogun State Drug Control Board that visited the office of Editor in Chief of Punch Newspaper. The visitation was to strengthen the relationship that exist between the Board and the medium and to discuss the roles of the media in educating the citizens about the use of drugs. Bashorun Olufemi, the President of SSDP Nigeria was a part of the delegate. He lamented the rate of ignorance in the society about drug use which has led many into drug abuse and crime. He further said that many Nigerian youths would have taken better decisions if they were equipped with the right knowledge through the media. Ademola Osinubi, the Managing Director/Editor-in-chief at Punch Nigeria Limited. Nigeria thanked the Board for finding time to pay him a visit. He also highlighted the need for the media to do more in information dissemination on matters that deal with drug use. He claimed that many people have had to abuse drugs because the knowledge to guide their decision wasn't sufficient. Punch Newspaper has requested an article to be published on a full page next week.
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 We celebrate you, Agosu Paul Mauton, on the completion of your National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) service year. Paul was the President of "Drug and Quality Control" CDS in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. SSDP Nigeria celebrates you for this. Congratulations!
Direct service volunteering (5 points per person per hour) 30 Obayemi Moses, the SSDP Nigeria Cordinator of Oyo State led a team of 15 people on a global fund project for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) in Oyo state. The HIV counselling and testing, services national training for Global Fund HIV Key Population grant implementation in Oyo State, with facilitators from Federal Ministry of Health in Nigeria
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 Valentine Major Idaewor, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Protocols was selected as one of the African ChangeMakers Fellowship Program Cohort 3, 2019. The selection was made from a highly competitive pool of 2,157 outstanding applications from 47 African countries. This is a great achievement for us in SSDP Nigeria. We're happy and we heartily congrats you, Valentine.
Host community building event (20 points) 20 To celebrate the Nigerian Independence Day, SSDP Nigeria was in the University of Lagos to speak with students. The celebration was meant to educate students of the university about drugs and people. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President was one of the speakers at the colloquy, where students pleaded with SSDP Nigeria to come to their aid as many students of the institution have been either expelled or suspended as a result of drug use. SSDP Nigeria is planning to meet with the leadership of the university soon to discuss a way forward.
Attend leadership or skills-building training (5 points per person per training) 30 The second batch of the "Drugs & People" training conducted by Knowledge Over Drug Abuse (KODA.Ng) was attended by 6 members of SSDP Nigeria. The first batch witnessed five members of SSDP Nigeria, who have been equipped with the knowledge to promote the advocacy of drugs in Nigeria The final batch of the D&P training for members of SSDP Nigeria will be held next week. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President sent his appreciation to KODA.ng, thanking them for considering SSDP Nigeria worthy of the D&P training.
Attend leadership or skills-building training (5 points per person per training) 25 Five Members of SSDP Nigeria have completed the first batch of "Drugs and People" training conducted by Knowledge Over Drug Abuse (KODA.Ng) in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State. The DAP is a certified training on how to engage people who use drugs and offer assistance if they request it. The training of SSDP Nigeria members by KODA.Ng comes in three batches for efficiency and effectiveness. Members of SSDP Nigeria who participated in the first batch of the training have expressed their satisfaction at the quality of knowledge they received. They have promised to put it into use and strengthen the advocacy of SSDP Nigeria with it. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President congratulated the participants of the training, and encouraged them to make the best use of the knowledge.
Host community building event (20 points) 20 Benedicta Uweru, the SSDP Nigeria Vice President on strategy and special duties organized the Youth Voices Conference in Kebbi State, Nigeria. It was put together in commemoration of the 68th United Nations Civil Society Conference and was also attended by members and leaders of SSDP Nigeria in the North-Eastern region of the country. Benedicta is embarking on her compulsory one year National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) in Kebbi State. She engaged over 40 young people comprising fellow NYSC members, CSOs, NGOs, media, and students. This year's theme is "Building Sustainable and Inclusive Cities and Communities". The discussions identified challenges in the State relating to drug abuse, misuse, and the stigmatization that has prevented many from seeking help. Solutions to these challenges were proffered which will be documented using the Model United Nations style as policy recommendations and sent to the Government of Kebbi State. Young people have the ideas and potentials that can change their communities, cities and world.
Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria had its monthly WhatsApp drug talk with Frederick Edache, the Chief Consultant of Mcfredericks Mental Health Consultancy as our guest. He spoke about "The challenges of drug withdrawal process" which talks about the difficulties faced by people who use drugs in their process of recovering from it. Just like the recovery process for accidents, ailments, or diseases, recovering from drug use comes with its own challenges. Mr Frederick Edache is a psychologist. He has worked as a consultant in the field of psychology for a good number of years. He's the founder and Chief Consultant of Mcfredericks Mental Health Consultancy, a consulting firm registered in Nigeria. He offers mental health counseling in different sessions with clients majorly based in Kaduna Frederick has been appointed into the medical team of SSDP Nigeria that helps with intervention. The WhatsApp drug talk was hosted by Abidemi Saheed, the SSDP Nigeria Outreach Director.
Host community building event (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria was invited to speak with members of the National Youths Service Corps (NYSC) in Abeokuta. The corps members were chosen from across the state to join the Drug Control Board of Ogun State and needed to be equipped with the right knowledge to perform as expected. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President enlightened them on how to attract young people to open up on their drug challenges rather than suffer discrimination in silence from drug use. The SSDP Chapter President of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Chidera Precious was also a part of the corps members chosen.
Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria joined the rest of the world to observe the Internation Overdose Day Awareness in Abeokuta, the ogun State capital. The day was observed by resource persons and members of SSDP nigeria. Oladeji Abidemi, a representative of the Ogun State Ministry of Health spoke on the topic: Drugs and Health, how to balance both. Tunji Adedokun, the Vice President of Knowledge Over Drug Abuse (KODA.Ng) delivered his message which centers around educating people instead of punishing them for drug use The President of Faymus Citizens, Seyi Alawale, spoke about the need for people who use drugs to seek help and not suffer stigmatization and discrimination in silence. He highlighted the disadvantages of not seeking help, saying that people who suffer stigmatization because of drug use and still don't seek help are doing more damage to themselves.
Attend leadership or skills-building training (5 points per person per training) 30 SSDP Nigeria, in collaboration with Faymus Citizens visited the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) camp in Ogun State to discuss the need for young people who use drugs to seek help. The visit was to educate the Corps members who will end up being posted to different high schools across the state for a year after their compulsory three weeks orientation camp on how to engage students in discussions, thereby gaining their trust and opening up on their drug challenges. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President spoke about the struggles young people who use drugs in the state face, saying that the corps members can help convey the knowledge they have been equipped with to their students. He encouraged the corps members to be friendly and accessible to these young boys and girls who may have been suffering stigmatization in silence as a result of drug use. Members of SSDP Nigeria in Ogun State will be paying quarterly visits to 10 different high schools across the state to follow through with the progress recorded so far by the corps members beginning from October.
Host community building event (20 points) 20 The SSDP Nigeria Vice President on Strategy and Special Duties, Benedicta Uweru, spoke at the Youth Empowerment and Development Conference in commemoration of the International Youths Day in FCT, Abuja. She spoke on "Maximizing International Opportunities; Secrets to Accessing International Platforms. The gathering had leaders and members of SSDP Nigeria in attendance who shared their knowledge and experiences with people who use drugs with the audience. Benedicta highlighted two of the challenges faced by people who use drugs in Nigeria, these challenges highlighted by her includes stigmatisation and criminalisation which has led many into depression. SSDP Nigeria has partnered with L'Hadassah Development Initiative (LHDI) to host the international Human Rights Day which comes up on the 10th of December.
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 15 Isaac Olusola, the SSDP University of Calabar Chapter President completed the Global Health Focus study founded by Don Eliseo Lucero-Prisno III. We celebrate your persistence and hard work to have undergone a public health course worth over eleven million naira. This is a testament to your passion and dreams. The Global Health Focus course has a aim of teaching students around the world about global health. We extend our gratitude to the organizers of the course for an excellent work in subsiding the price to the lowest. As a public health student, we acknowledge that taking a course on Global Health is huge step in the right direction as far as your career is concerned. You're now a Global Health Focus Graduate, we're proud of you.
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Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria hosted its WhatsApp drug talk. The drug talk focused on 'Tobacco Harm Reduction in Nigeria' Adebisi Yusuf, the chapter President SSDP University of Ibadan, who is also a student of Pharmaceutical Technology was our guest. He shared his knowledge with us and answered questions that were raised. The host for our WhatsApp drug talk is Abidemi Ibrahim. The drug talk is a platform for members of SSDP Nigeria and the public to share their experiences and knowledge about friends or family members who can be helped by SSDP Nigeria.
Attend leadership or skills-building training (5 points per person per training) 5 Lilian David completes Atlas Leadership training
Host general event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria, in collaboration with DaDude and YALI Kaduna, invited leaders of Empowering Women for Excellent Initiative (EWEI), Open4Leadership, News Embassy, and Great Minds Empire to a meeting in Alpha Hub, Kaduna State. The meeting was conducted to discuss the recurring issue of drug abuse among young girls in Kaduna - mostly teenagers. It served as a platform to build a coalition with the aim to carry out rigorous sensitization campaigns to encourage these young girls to speak up and seek help to counter the fear of stigmatization that may hold them bound. Valentine Idaewor, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Protocols; Ephraim Ebene, the Director of Administrations; and Fahad Ahmed, the SSDP Kaduna State Coordinator were in attendance at the meeting. Valentine charged the participants to dedicate themselves to the cause of fighting stigmatization that has prevented many people who use drugs from seeking help. He claimed that many health issues would have been quickly controlled if only the victims spoke up without the fear of stigmatization. In a different tune, Ephraim called on the government to assist in the sensitization of the public, saying that individuals or groups can only do a fraction of the needed work to be done. All participants of the meeting have unanimously drawn out a timetable to visit high schools and have discussions with the teachers and students.
Meet with decision makers (20 points) 20 The Faculty of Pharmacy, Delta State University played host to members of SSDP Nigeria after the submission of a newly developed school based drug policy for the university to the authorities. The meeting with the students of the faculty was used to discuss the importance of a drug policy review which abolishes the criminalisation of drug use. Adeola Oyerinde, the SSDP Nigeria vice president on membership growth and development spoke about the need to review the school based drug policy of the university. The students complained about the rate of expulsions that have taken place in the university, saying that students need help, not expulsion. Akorede Olufemi, the Student's Faculty President has pledged to help build an SSDP team of students on campus, he said an institution like Delta State University should not suffer such kind of expulsions for drug use. SSDP Nigeria will be inaugurating the new set of SSDP leaders in the university.
Attend leadership or skills-building training (5 points per person per training) 30 Leaders of SSDP Nigeria attended a certified leadership training hosted by Chathub Nigeria. The training gathered leaders of SSDP Nigeria in the South-Western region of the country for effective leadership. Each participant in the leadership training was issued a certificate of participation, which qualifies each recipient to begin an online training course and become a trainer in leadership skills as well. It was held in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President thanked the organizers of the training for deeming it fit to train the leaders of SSDP. He pleaded with the organization to extend the training to other regions of the country for other leaders of SSDP Nigeria to benefit from. The next edition of the training for leaders of SSDP Nigeria will take place in Kaduna, it will train leaders in the North-Western region of the country. After this, leaders of all other four regions ranging from South-East, South-South, North-Central and North-East will be trained as well.
Host regular meetings (15 points. per semester) 15 Members of SSDP Nigeria in Delta state had a general meeting in Asaba, the state capital. The meeting was an avenue for all members of SSDP Nigeria in the state to share ideas on the elements of a school based drug policy to be developed for Delta State University. It was attended by Adeola Oyerinde, the SSDP Nigeria vice president on membership growth and development as well as members of SSDP Nigeria in Delta State. The elements of the school based drug policy that was discussed during the course of the meeting include: 1. The principles of harm reduction. 2. Help, not expulsion. 3. No stigmatization of people who use drugs. 4. Education, not imprisonment. The team will be visiting students of the faculty of Pharmacy of the university to have a discussion with the students.
Meet with decision makers (20 points) 20 The Ogun State Drug Control Committee (OSDCC) visited Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, who is also the Chairman, Ogun State Council of Obas (Traditional leaders). The visitation came on the heels of rampant expulsion and suspension suffered by students of higher institutions of learning in Ogun State in recent times. Bashorun Olufemi, who represented SSDP Nigeria in the course of the visitation complained about the number of complaints the committee gets by parents of students who have lost their studentships for using drugs. The traditional leader has committed himself to ensure that the issue will be raised in the next meeting of the Ogun State council of Obas (Traditional leaders). The chairman of the committee, Pharmacist Olufemi Fafiolu thanked the traditional leader for promising to do something along with the other Traditional leaders in the state. #ssdpnigeria #drugpolicyreform #supportdontpunish
Submit case study (40 points) 50 SSDP Nigeria was a part of the Ogun State Drug Control Committee (OSDCC) that paid Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun, the wife of Ogun State Governor a courtesy visit at her office in Abeokuta. The visit was used as a platform to submit a case study on how a school based drug policy of the state owned higher institutions of learning can be reviewed to the benefit of students. The visitation became necessary considering the rate of expulsion and suspension suffered by students of higher institutions in the last three months for using drugs. It was also an avenue to bring the Governor of the state into the know about recurring drug challenges we have in the state as a result of the policies we currently operate on. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President who was also a part of the visitation spoke about the need for the state to adopt the proposed school based drug policy to ensure that students who have great contributions to the growth and development of the society are not kicked out of school for using drugs. The visitation was led by Pharmacist Olufemi Fafiolu, the chairman of Ogun State Drug Control Committee (OSDCC). Mrs Abiodun has promised to give the proposed school based drug policy a thought and then invite the committee for another meeting that will be communicated to the chairman.
Host campaign-centered event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 The two-day community based drug talk in Ogwashi-Ukwu of Delta State was concluded with the youths of the community in attendance to hear members of SSDP Nigeria talk about drugs. The drug talk was led by Adeola Oyerinde, the SSDP Nigeria vice president on membership growth and development along with other members of SSDP Delta State. We had a discussion with the officials of National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and secured the release of six youths from the community who were recently arrested for possession of drugs meant for consumption. This was made possible with the help of our Legal adviser who said that he is concerned over the spate of arrests going on around the country over drug usage. The community leaders expressed their appreciation to SSDP Nigeria for taking out time to educate their youths and ensure the release of those who were initially arrested.
Host campaign-centered event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria took its Harm Reduction campaign to Karji, a small community in Kaduna State The community is home to both Students of Kaduna State University (KASU), and Kaduna Polytechnic (KADPOLY) where there was a call of concern over the rate of abuse of cannabis and marijuana by students in the community. We had a discussion with the students of both institutions on the principles of harm reduction and why it is important. Ephraim Ebene, the SSDP Kaduna State deputy Cordinator spoke about the need for them to speak up about their drug challenges without the fear of stigmatization which has prevented many from seeking help. We'll be visiting the authorities of both institutions in few weeks from today to discuss a possible review of its school based drug policy. The SSDP Nigeria team that visited the community includes Valentine Idaewor, the SSDP Nigeria Director of Protocols; Fahad Chikija, the SSDP Kaduna State Cordinator; and Ephraim Ebene, the SSDP Kaduna State Deputy Cordinator. SSDP Kaduna in collaboration with Da Dude and Arewa Youth Trust Foundation in Kaduna, has introduced an initiative called Cannabis Abuse Resistance Education (CARE) and harm reduction program for the Students' community. This initiative will first be used in this community before extending it to other communities.
Recognized by school for the first time (15 points) 10 We visited the University of Abuja on Friday on the invitation of Dr. Isa Nurudeen, the HOD of the Department of Economics. The invitation came after he expressed interest in the activities of members of SSDP Nigeria on campus, then asked to see the leaders to discuss how we can map out a school based drug policy for the university. Through him, we'll be meeting with the Director of Students Affairs on our next visitation which will come up next month. The visitation was led by Dele Fayemi, the SSDP Abuja Cordinator, and the SSDP University of Abuja chapter President, Oyelola Abdulganiu Olamitunji. We have been assured of the department's support for upcoming programs within the school premises, with the HOD promising to be a part of the program when plans are rolled out for it. The chapter leaders have promised to sustain the advocacy and ensure that SSDP builds a solid relationship with the university authority. #ssdpnigeria
Host campaign-centered event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 Adeola Oyerinde, the SSDP Nigeria vice president on membership growth and development along with the members of SSDP in Delta State organised a community based drug talk in Ogwashi-Ukwu, Delta State. The drug talk was necessary considering the rate of arrests that took place in the community by officials of National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the past few months. We met with the leaders of the community, who assured us of their support and thereafter called the youth leaders that gathered a few youths for us to address and discuss with. SSDP Nigeria will be working along with its Legal adviser on how the arrested youths of the community will regain their freedom as quickly as possible. We will continue the scheduled two-day discussion with the community youths tomorrow and then visit the office of NDLEA to meet with them.
Meet with decision makers (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria had a Radio program session with Invicta FM, where the SSDP Nigeria Director of Protocols, Valentine Idaewor; as well as the SSDP Kaduna State Cordinator, Fahad Chikija; and the SSDP Kaduna State deputy Cordinator, Ephraim Ebene spoke about the need for a change in our drug policies. The program was centered on the punitive measures adopted by the government and how it has had adverse effects on the society. More of those who called into the program to contribute to the topic of discussion were those who have suffered discrimination or imprisonment at one time or the other simply for using drugs. The management of the Radio Station will be meeting on Monday to consider our request to give us a 30-minute slot on Sundays to have a discussion on drugs and policies beginning from August. The Programs Director of the Radio Station said an approval of our request will be the radio station's way of supporting our advocacy in Nigeria. When an approval is finally given, the radio program will be used as an avenue where people who have suffered both discrimination and imprisonment can share their experiences for millions of other people to know. Information is key, just as education is important, this is a bold step that will be of great support to our advocacy against punitive measures adopted by the government.
Host campaign-centered event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 We visited Government Secondary School, Kubwa, Abuja, on the invitation of the school authority who needed members of SSDP Nigeria to educate and enlighten their students about drugs. The students engaged us in a question and answer session which eventually encouraged some students to speak up about their challenges with drugs and how they can get solutions to it. The visitation was led by Dele K Fayemi, the Abuja Coordinator, SSDP Nigeria. The management of the school was also made to understand the importance of rendering support to students especially on psychological issues and the need to advocate for sensible drug policies in Nigeria
Meet with decision makers (20 points) 20 We had a quick stop and then a brief discussion with a member of Kaduna State Drug Control Board, Ibrahim Adams at his residence in Kaduna State. The meeting was attended by the SSDP Nigeria Director of Protocols, Valentine Idaewor; the SSDP Kaduna State Cordinator, Fahad Chikija; and the SSDP Kaduna Deputy Cordinator, Ephraim Ebene. The major topic of the discussion bothered on the need for the board to map out a school based drug policy for Amadu Bello University, Zaria, which made it to the top five best universities in Nigeria as announced by the Nigeria University Commission. SSDP Nigeria will be officially invited to a meeting with the full members of the Kaduna State Drug Control Board soon so as to have a further discussion on taking a direction towards mapping out a school based drug policy for the university.
Recognized by school for the first time (15 points) 10 Members of SSDP University of Ibadan -Nigeria visited three different hostels to educate students on drug policy reform advocacy in Nigeria. Students came out to hear the message and also be a part of it. They had a brief question and answer session and came up with a team to visit the University authority on how to review the school based drug policy of the institution.
Host campaign-centered event/forum/debate (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria held a drug trek in Ibadan - Nigeria. The trek was held to sensitise the soiety on the need to be a part of the advocacy against the criminalisation and stigmatisation suffered by people who use drugs in Nigeria. It was led by the SSDP Oyo State Cordinator, Obayemi Moses; and the SSDP University of Ibadan chapter President, Adebisi Yusuf.
Meet with decision makers (20 points) 20 SSDP Nigeria was part of the delegates that paid the Paramount Ruler of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo a courtesy visit in his palace and request his support for the advocacy of better drug policies in Nigeria. The visitation was used as an opportunity to extend our advocacy and bring traditional leaders into the picture considering their influence in the society. The meeting included members of SSDP Nigeria; Knowledge and Orientation over Drug abuse, KODA, and the Ogun State Drug Control Board
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 One of us, the SSDP Kaduna State Cordinator, Fahad Chikija, was awarded by the Global Socio-Economic and Financial Evolution Network (GSFEN) The "Award of Honour" was given in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to global peace, good leadership and humanitarian services. This has strengthened the relationship between SSDP Nigeria and GSFEN. We'll work towards achieving more and ensure that our current punitive drug policies in Nigeria become a thing of the past
Build/maintain relationships with other orgs (10 points per org. per six months) 10 SSDP Nigeria was part of a meeting with the Ogun State Drug Control Committee (OSDCC) and representatives of the Ministry of Health in Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun State, Nigeria. Reviewing the in-school drug policies of Nigerian Universities was the focal point of the discussion. Bashorun Olufemi, the SSDP Nigeria President, who was at the meeting complained about the rate of expulsion going on in some higher institutions in the country as a result of drug use. The meeting ended with an agreement to engage the heads of these universities regionally. SSDP Nigeria
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