The wife of the Adamawa State Governor, Hajiya Lami Ahmadu Fintiri says there is a need for collaborative efforts in the fight against drug abuse in the society.
Hajiya Lami Ahmadu Fintiri made the call during a one-day sensitisation workshop on drug abuse organised by the women wing of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Adamawa state chapter.
The event was attended by girls and women from across the twenty-one local government areas.
Wife of the Governor who was represented by the Commissioner of Education and Human Capital Development, Mrs Wilbina Jackson said that women need to be good role models to their children, putting into cognisance studies that have shown how children who see their parents consuming drugs and other illicit substance are likely to end up doing the same.
She commended the initiative of WOWICAN and advised those involved in drug abuse to desist forthwith and seek professional help.
Chairman of the occasion, Doctor Stephen Maduwa represented by the commissioner for Reintegration, Rehabilitation, Reconstruction Elijah Tumba decried how the problem of drug abuse becomes evident, the female drug addict appears in a condition of greater vulnerability than the male and are more seriously exposed to risks for their health and physical integrity.
One of the resource persons Doctor Faruna Raphael, underlined certain phenomenological circumstances and psychological effects of drug abuse in women and girls.
The CAN chairman represented by Pastor Joshua kallamu emphasized the importance of women in nation-building and the role of parents in curtailing the possibility of their children becoming addicted to hard drugs.
Earlier in her welcome address, the state chairperson of WOWICAN, Mrs Helen Magani said the aim of the event is to educate women and girls on the prevalence and danger of drug abuse in women, particularly the girl child.
Mrs Magani added that the one-day workshop seeks to discuss guidelines that will improve prevalence, treatment and care for the girl and women in such situations.