MTN Unveils ASAP To Combat Substance Abuse, Addiction
In a strategic effort aimed at addressing the growing national problem of substance abuse and addiction, MTN Nigeria through the MTN Foundation, in collaboration with a consortium of stakeholders have launched an initiative called Anti Substance Abuse Programme, ASAP.
ASAP is a multi-stakeholder intervention aimed at increasing awareness of substance abuse and addiction among youths. The goal of the programme is to discourage first-time usage and casual substance abuse nationwide.
The initiative kicked off with a press conference in Lagos on Wednesday, December 19 attended by dignitaries from various government and non-government organisations, including health practitioners, MTN officials and brand ambassadors.
“This situation is urgent and important. Substance abuse is a well-known and growing menace in our country. Our youth, the future of this nation, are at risk” said Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, Chairman, MTN Foundation at the launch.
“This why we must do as much as we can; as fast as we can, to chart the right course and help those coming behind us understand the dangers. We owe it to ourselves and our children,” he added.
The initiative, which will run for six months, targets young Nigerians from age 10 – 25. Part of the integrated communications campaign effort is a dedicated microsite with an online representative trained to answer enquiries from the public on substance abuse, addiction, rehabilitation, in addition to direct engagement activities targeted at schools, campuses, markets, motor parks and communities across Nigeria.
The MTN Foundation has over the years partnered with both public and private organisations to initiate sustainable development programmes in different focus areas with the aim of making life brighter for Nigerians.