Boys Scout moves to tackle cultism, drug abuse among youth 

Disturbed by the growing incidents of cultism and drug abuse among children and youth in Nigeria, the Scout Association of Nigeria has put in place machinery to fight the menace in the society.

This is just as the Chief Commissioner of the Scout Association of Nigeria, Mr. Dave Padopas-Awunah, disclosed that at least 20 formidable cult groups were operating in the country.

Padopas-Awunah disclosed this at a world press conference marking the beginning of the Scouts in Africa in Abuja.

He said from a study carried out by the Scout, there were 20 formidable cult organisations operating in the country.

“There is recruitment of child soldiers elsewhere, such that they go into war but here, there is recruitment of children, 5-10 years into cultism. 

“So what the Scout Association of Nigeria is doing is to attempt to approach areas where we have destitutes, in internally displaced people’s (IDPs) camps and we have cause to volunteer to form Scouts groups within those camps in order to catch them young and dissuade them from being recruited into cult and dangerous groups and associations”, he stated.

The chief commissioner also disclosed that there was an impending amendment of the Nigerian Boys Scout Act to change the name to Scout Association of Nigeria, include scouting in the  and make scouting compulsory in schools in the country