person_pin Rita Ureh
query_builder July 11, 2018 12:19:57

By Paulinus Onah

Oraifite (Ekwusigo LGA), July 11, 2018 (MOI) Chairman, Board of Directors Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Chief Emeka Offor, has vowed to sponsor an annual mental health education in the six geopolitical zones of the country.

Offor announced this at the end of one-day community mental health facilitators’ training sponsored by his foundation at Oraifite, Ekwusigo Local Government Area (LGA) of Anambra State.

He explained that the programme would hold six times annually in each of the six geographical zones.

The EEDC chairman explained that the programme was part of his humanitarian services to society.

He added that his foundation would partner with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to rehabilitate drug addicts, as well as train and empower them to be useful to themselves and society.

Delivering a lecture entitled: ``Understanding The Role of Mental Health Facilitations”, Dr Eniabitobi Kuyinu, founder of The Educator, a non-profit organisation noted: ``everyone has a mental health issue begging for urgent attention.

``All Nigerians including the educated and uneducated need mental health training to eradicate their various mental problems such as learning disability, emotional issue, anxiety, depression, emotional imbalance, unresolved relationship problems, disappointments, and others”.

Other mental health facilitators, Ms Renee Bryan and Dr Sonja Sutherland, listed the internet, alcoholism and acculturation as some factors, contributing to mental health issues.

They enjoined the people to eschew sedentary lifestyles, refrain from high intake of alcoholic drinks and also, find ways to be happy always.  

In a remark, Prof. Godwin Okpala, the Anglican Bishop of Nnewi Diocese and Archbishop Province on the Niger, commended the   Emeka Offor Foundation for organising the programme.

He urged people to pay adequate attention to their health.

The programme was attended by community leaders in Ekwusigo Council Area, the management team of EEDC led by its Chief Executive Officer, Paul Okeke.

Some representatives of National Drug Law Enforcements Agency (NDLEA), Nigerian Prisons Service and the Police also attended. (MOI)