- Wives of northern states governors had a quarterly meeting in Sokoto on Tuesday, May 8
- In their meeting, the menace of drug abuse was at the front burner of their discussion
- The forum has taken steps to tackle the menace by setting up drug community volunteer scheme and skill acquisition centres, among others
Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) on Tuesday, May 8, stressed the need for collaboration by stakeholders to tackle increasing cases of drug abuse by youths in the country.
Hajiya Hadiza Abubakar, the chairperson of the forum and wife of Bauchi state governor, made the call at the forum’s quarterly meeting in Sokoto, NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that Abubakar, who described the menace of drug abuse among youths in the north as worrisome, said the lives of future generation in the north was in serious jeopardy if left unchecked.
She said: “The problem of drug addiction would ruin our youths and make them vulnerable, thereby jeopardising the future generation.”
Abubakar, however, noted that the forum had taken steps to tackle the menace by setting up drug community volunteer scheme, skill acquisition centres and rehabilitation centres, among others, in states.
She added that the forum would continue to collaborate with partners and other stakeholders to bring an end to drug addiction in the region. She reaffirmed the commitment of the forum toward contributing positively to the welfare of the people and development of the region.
"Because it is a platform for collaboration between wives of governors in the north to bring about positive change and development in the region," Abubakar said.
According to the chairperson, the governors’ wives are at various stages of implementing a work plan in their various states following their training by UN Development Programme (UNDP).
The Sokoto state governor’s wife, Hajiya Mariya Tambuwal, described drug abuse as a serious issue affecting the north. She said “It is traumatising to see our children engaged in drug abuse. We need to get these drug addicts back to their normal lives."
The quarterly meeting was attended by wives of governors of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Taraba, Niger, Bauchi, among others.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the Nigerian Senate moved to address the widespread use of drug and other illegal substances through a stakeholder round-table with state governments, local governments, traditional rulers, the Pharmace*tical Council of Nigeria and Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs).
This followed the Senate’s resolution in October on the state of drug and substance abuse around the nation.
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