Queen Dejah Women and Children Awareness Initiative (QDWCAI), on Monday, admonished the Katsina State government to declare a state of emergency on drug abuse among youths as part of renewed efforts to deal with the scourge in the state.
Khadijah Suleiman Saulawa, the founder, stated this at the one-day awareness campaign against drug abuse organised by her organisation for students of Government Girls Secondary School, Katsina, on Monday.
The non-governmental organisation urged the Federal Government to provide the necessary fund and equipment to the relevant agencies like the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) and National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in their unrelenting fight against drug abuse.
She expressed displeasure over the growing nature of drug abuse, especially among students in the state, appealing to all relevant authorities to step up efforts in combating the menace.
In her words, “Considering the alarming rate of drug abuse among students and women in the state, therefore, I am calling on Governor Aminu Bello Masari to declare state of emergency on drug abuse in the state.
“Government should also ensure that all the relevant laws and statutory provisions in respect of drug abuse are fully and effectively implemented at all times. My NGO will not fold its arms to allow any unscrupulous element to destroy the future of the youths.”
The QDWCAI boss enjoined the state ministries of Women Affairs, Youths and Sport to intensify sensitisation and enlightenment programmes on the dangers of drug abuse among youths in the society.
Presenting a paper on, ‘Implications of Drug Abuse’, Zainab Ibrahim of NDLEA said the activities of illegal drug dealers in the state were responsible for the increase in the use of hard and illicit drugs among youths.
While enumerating premature death, heart and lungs diseases, high blood pressure, hepatitis, damage of kidney, brain and liver, among others as consequences of drug abuse, Ibrahim urged the students to report drug users and illicit sellers to relevant authorities for prompt intervention.
She called on the management of the schools across the state to set up drug-free clubs in their schools to enable students to have adequate knowledge on drug and the dangers associated with drug abuse.