Father Bakindo expressed readiness of the Kukah Centre to partner with The Mandate Health Empowerment Initiative in increasing the awareness of religious leader on drug use and drug users in Nigeria.
Father Bakindo made this known when the members of the organization paid a courtesy visit to the Kukah Centre on September 6th, 2019. He expressed the profound gratitude of the Center on behalf of Father Kukah for the activities of MHEI and contributing to promotion of mental and maternal health, and psychosocial supports for general wellbeing of Nigerians.
He also affirmed the relentless support of the Centre for the Drug use, Dependency, Prevention, Treatment and Care (DPTC) sensitization project of MHEI with support from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the European Union (EU).
Mr Ameh, Zion, founder of MHEI informed the center that 60 religious leaders consisting of Imams and Pastors will be part of the DPTC project beneficiaries while seeking for the support of the religious leaders being a key stakeholder on the sensitization project. He added that the project aims to increase public awareness among religious leaders, within Bwari Area Council and Abuja Metropolitan Area Council and also increase religious bodies collaboration and participation to create an enabling environment on response to DPTC.
To this end, Father Bakindo promised that the Kukah Centre will make available for the organization the venue for the sensitization training as well as contacts of some religious leaders they have in archive for further communication, arrangements and mobilization.
He advised that selection of religious leaders that will participate in the sensitization training should be based on the value and effectiveness of each religious leaders. He also recommended that the organization to have a filtered and unified message in order to accommodate the differences between the religious believes.