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NGO Speaks On The Rise Of Drug Abuse Among Nigerian Youths

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A Non Governmental Organisation (NGO), Vanguard Against Drug Abuse (VGADA), has appealed to the Federal Government to take urgent measures against drug abuse to safeguard the future of Nigerian youths.

Naija News learnt that the VGADA President, Dr Hope Abraham disclosed this in Abuja on Monday.

It will be recalled that the federal government had earlier last month commissioned a committee to fight drug abuse in Nigeria  with the wife of the president, Mrs Aisha Buhari, as member of the committee and the former Lagos state military administrator,  Brigadier-General Buba Marwa (retd) as the chairman.

According to him, the country may be stuck on the issue of poor leadership if necessary steps are not taken to curb rising case of illicit drug consumption in the country.

“The most commonly used drugs especially among the youth these days are alcohol, which now comes in small sachets, marijuana, and codeine containing cough syrup, tramadol and many others. “Some youths even go as far as sniffing stench from pit toilets just to get high, some mix substances like soft drinks with spirit, while others mix lacassera with tom-tom among others.

“We all must wake up from our slumber and do the needful in checking the ugly trend if we still want to have a country with healthy people, most especially good leaders in the nearest future,” he said.

Abraham said that no matter the effort put in place to fight drug abuse, if parents fail to play their role at the family level, there would be no headway.He added that poor parenting is a huge contributory factor to various abuses that children are expose to.

I can’t blame youths for this unwholesome habit because they are indeed the products of the society they live in.“I think the whole thing boils down to poor parenting, sometimes, these children do what they witness their parents do right there in their homes.“Apart from drug abuse, issues like child trafficking and abuse have also been a threat to the growth of the country.

“These things are on the increase and we as an association will not fold our arms and watch,” Abraham said.

He said the group would continue in its little way to conduct advocacies and lots of sensitisation programmes against these problems bedeviling the society.

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