From their headquarters in Italy, two executives of Narconon South Europe traveled to Senegal to introduce the nation’s top-level administrators to the drug rehabilitation technology of Narconon. Executive Director Giovanni Citterio and President Ugo Ferrando arrived in Dakar, Senegal in early October to meet with advisors to both the President and Prime Minister. The purpose of the visit was to lay the
foundation for the opening of a future Narconon drug rehab center in the country.
At the Ministry of the Interior, the two visitors learned about the addiction situation in Senegal. The country suffers greatly from a large domestic cannabis industry, the trafficking of opiates to the Western Hemisphere and cocaine to Europe. The large port of Dakar is a magnet for much of the drug trafficking in the region. Children in the country have easy access to fruit-flavored alcoholic drinks. The country needs a solution for the problem of addiction that affects so many families in this West African country.
At the Agency for Assistance for Security of the Neighbourhood, the visitors met with Dr. Niang and established a partnership to provide drug prevention services beginning in November. Dr. Niang and his staff are charged with providing assistance in any form to the country’s neighborhoods. Visits with two technical advisors to the President and Prime Minister, Ms. Diop and Dr. Ndiaye, were also on the agenda.
The office of the former Prime Minister of the Republic of Senegal and United Nations Human Rights activist Aminata Touré was the team’s last stop. They thanked Ms. Touré for the support provided throughout the trip.
The following months should be exciting ones of development for this South Europe-Senegalese connection.
At the invitation of a doctor in Nigeria, two Narconon executives visited the country to help with preliminary plans for a new Narconon drug rehab center in the country. Present from the Southern Europe Narconon Management Office was John Citterio and accompanying him was the Executive Director of Narconon Egypt, Karim Salah.
The invitation had come from Dr. Saidu, a medical doctor, who is interested in offering the Narconon program to those in the country struggling with addiction. The party visited locations in the country that could serve as facilities for this program, traveling from Kaduna in the center of the country to the sacred city Kano in the north.
At almost the same moment, volunteers in Lagos were visiting classrooms to teach young children about the dangers of drug abuse. At the beginning of the lessons, the children all participated in fun exercises that got them communicating with others in the room. Then bright and cheerful, the children were more interested absorbing the lesson of the instructor.
In and around Lagos, Narconon volunteers have been active for years, even staging an annual parade and lesson on June 26th each year, in association with the local Drug Enforcement Administration. June 26th has been designated as the United Nations’ International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and Narconon volunteers take this annual event to heart.