Abuja — Some celebrities in the entertainment industry recently pledged their support to help combat the menace of fake drugs and substandard regulatory products in Nigeria.
In a courtesy visit to the headquarters of the National Agency for Food Drugs Administration and Control (NAFDAC) in Abuja, the stars commended the efforts of the agency and also count it a great opportunity to join the fight against the use of fake drugs among Nigerian youths.
The delegation was led by the Editor-in Chief of Dreams Pointer International, Love Idoko, who said a lot of celebrities have being partnering with NAFDAC in the fight against fake drugs like 2 Face Idibia, Desmond Eliot among others.
Dr Paul Orhii in his address said, "it is an understatement to say that you have only influenced the youths of this country because your reputation goes beyond the shores of Nigeria. The movie and entertainment industry is very important in Nigeria and worldwide and for us not to use the huge potentials that we are blessed with in this country is negligence on our side when we are talking about massive public campaign".
He also stated that, "the popularity of regulatory agencies in a country like Nigeria is massive campaign to tell people what you are doing. That is why we have introduced programmes in NAFDAC like your; health where we tell people what we are doing".
He also commended the celebrities for not emulating the lifestyle of the western entertainers of drug pushing.
"I am particularly proud of you today because you are not like most of the celebrities in other countries that I know who think that it is cool to do drugs and I know it is a good sign of great things to come and together we will help Nigeria to stay away from fake drugs and unwholesome products".
The fake drugs market according to International pharmaceuticals and World Health Organisation WHO constitutes 75 to 200b dollar business annually and all these drugs are not going to U S or Britain because they have very good security systems and if we don't stand out, it will be a burden with the fake products and everybody is a potential victim".
Omotola Jolade in her remarks said that the time has come for the youths of this country to look up to their role models, as one thing is to have role models and another thing to listen to them and they are glad to be role models to some youths who want to listen.
T he Nollywood star said, "so many people think that when you fight the use of fake drugs and substandard products you are only talking to the older generation, forgetting that the young ones also abuse drugs. We have heard celebrities in Hollywood who have died as a result of drug abuse. A lot of youths really know that not using drugs according to prescription is drug abuse and if they see their own mates who are celebrities coming out categorically to tell them, I don't use drugs and I'm still successful, then they may relate with you better".
Award winning singer, Banky W said he believes strongly that being a celebrity is a platform to make yourself successful and take care of your family but aside the financial gain ,it's also a platform to influence the society because the change in this country starts with the youths.