The Union Savings and Loans Limited donated assorted items to the Drug and Alcohol Free Awareness and Rehabilitation Centre, (DAFAREC) to mark the International Day against Drugs.
The items included shirts, food items, toiletries and boxes of bottled water all valued at GHc15,000. The inmates also received a cheque for GH¢ 5000.
Presenting the items, the Corporate Affairs Manager of the company, Ms. Yaa Fosuah Gyamfi, said her outfit would support initiatives that would help improve the lives of the needy and poor.
According to her, the donation formed part of the company’s corporate social responsibility.
“We want to ensure that people are healthy, educated and protected; markets and businesses have the capacity to succeed and other areas such as sanitation conditions are addressed,” Ms. Gyamfi said.
She said her outfit was focusing on creating awareness on the harmful effects of drugs, particularly among the youth.
The Greater Accra Regional Commander of Narcotic Control Board, Mrs. Victoria Esinam Assah Offei, expressed worry at the alarming rate of the abuse of drugs such as cannabis, cocaine and heroine among the youth, including those at the junior and senior high school levels.
“Social media is having an influence on the youth while parents are busy chasing after money and shirking their responsibilities,” she said.
Mrs. Offei urged parents and guardians to monitor the lifestyles of their children and wards in order to safeguard their health and future.
She complained that Ghana did not have country-wide rehabilitation centers, leaving private rehabilitation and faith based centres to fill the void.
Mrs. Offei appealed to individuals and organisations to support the fight against drug abuse and trafficking.
The Director of DAFAREC, Mr. Emmanuel Agyapong, commended the company NACOB and the Claron Heath Center for assisting the rehabilitation facility and asked individuals and organisations to assist the facility.
By Agnes Opoku Sarpong