Marwa leads drug campaign at Ogidi Day festival | The Guardian Nigeria News
As part of efforts to rid the nation of illicit drugs, the chief executive of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), retired Brigadier General Mohammed Marwa, will speak out on the dangers associated with drug abuse during the 2021 Ogidi Festival. in Ogidi-Ijumu, Kogi.
Ogidi Day Festival general manager Tunde Ipinmisho, who said this in a statement Monday in Abuja, said Marwa would speak to young people about the consequences of drug use.
According to Ipinmisho, Marwa will be the special guest of honor at the Ogidi Day Festival 2021 on June 19 and will take the opportunity to engage young people in Ogidi and neighboring communities on the dangers of drug addiction.
“Marwa will be among the dignitaries from across the country who will be at the Ogidi Day Festival to be held in Ogidi-Ijumu, Kogi on June 19th.
“The Ogidi festival takes place every year in mid-June in commemoration of the arrival of the new yam by the inhabitants of the Ogidi agrarian community.
“In accepting the invitation to participate in the event, the Director General of NDLEA said that drug abuse poses a powerful threat to the future of the country and the fate of its youth.
“Any opportunity must be used to dissuade the country’s future leaders from adopting habits that could extinguish their hope,” he said.
Ipinmisho also listed other guests at the event, including Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi, President of the Kogi State Assembly, Prince Matthew Kolawole and the Managing Director of the Nigerian Tourism Development Corporation, Mr. Folorunsho Coker.
He said the natives of Ogidi called the event Nigeria’s biggest cultural event in June.
Ipinmisho said Kogi Finance, Budget and Planning Commissioner Mukadam Idris Asiru would be the chairman of the occasion while Aiyetoro-Gbedde Iyalode, Chief (Ms.) Motolani Rasheedat Salawu, would be the lady chairman. .
“A delegation of traditional leaders from the Southwest, led by Ido-Osun’s Alayemore, Olojudo Obalufon Adedapo Aderemi, would induct the Nigerian visual arts icon.
“Chief Nike Okundaye, a native of the community, would be inducted as Oba Asa (queen of culture) Obalufon.
“Okundaye would hold an exhibition of some of his famous works at the festival and also present the new yam to Ogidi’s Ologidi, Oba Rabiu Oladimeji Sule,” he said.
According to him, popular cultural troupes Ogidi, Agbo Olode, Olaga and Are Iyawo will entertain the guests.
He said the Adunni and Nefertiti, Nigeria’s main female folk groups, would also be on stage with guest troupes from Ondo, Ekiti and Edo states.