The Edo First Lady, Mrs Betsy Obaseki, says the state will on Sept. 15, hold a workshop to sensitise students and other youths in Edo on the dangers of drug abuse.
Mrs Obaseki said this on Thursday in Benin while reeling the activities lined up for the second edition of the Betsy Obaseki Women Football Tournament (BOWFT).
The second edition of the soccer tourney is scheduled to run between Sept. 7 and 17, 2022.
The event, Mrs Obaseki, who is the chairperson of the organising committee, said was focused on driving the government’s campaign against drug abuse in the state and the country at large.
She told sport journalists and editors that the annual tournament was born out of the desire to check social vices among the girl-child in the state.
According to her, Edo used to be the epicentre of human trafficking and illegal migration, but the maiden edition of the competition through its message, achieved its goal of further complementing the government’s efforts at tackling the menace.
“Faced with trafficking of about 60 per cent of our girls, we decided to do something to save the situation.
“We housed and trained the returnees in different areas, ensuring that they are equipped with requisite skills to live fulfilled lives.
“We looked at other areas to support the girls and this gave birth to this tournament.
“The tournament has created the opportunity for our young girls to develop skills and career for themselves in football.
“We are focusing this year on drug abuse as it has become a menace in our society, state and country at large. We are encouraging our girls to choose a career path in football.
“The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Chairman, Alhaji Buba Marwa, has agreed to be in Edo for the drug seminar which will take place on Sept. 15, 2022; a day set aside for the teams to rest.
“We are expecting 1,500 students across the state to attend the seminar,” said the Edo first lady.
Reassuring on the sustainability of the tournament, Mrs Obaseki said since the event was private sector driven, it would outlive the administration of her husband.
She asserted a board of trustees had been put in place to ensure the sustainability of the women soccer fiesta.