- The Queen Dejah Women and Children Awareness Initiative says the rate of drug abuse among the youths and women had become alarming
- The group urges the government to ensure that all the relevant laws and statutory provisions in respect of drug abuse are fully and effectively implemented at all times
- Katsina state House of Assembly expresses commitment to enacting and amending the relevant laws that will curtail drug trafficking and abuse
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Queen Dejah Women and Children Awareness Initiative (QDWCAI), has urged Governor Aminu Bello Masari to declare a state of emergency on drug abuse in Katsina state.
Vanguard reports that the founder of the NGO, Khadijah Suleiman Saulawa, made the call on Monday, May 14, at a one-day sensitisation campaign against drug abuse in Government Girls Secondary School, Katsina.
The group said the rate of drug abuse among the youths and women had become alarming and that concerted effort was needed to address the menace.
Saulawa said: "Considering the alarming rate of drug abuse among students and women in the state, we are calling on Governor Masari to declare a state of emergency on drug abuse in the state. The situation is terrible and worrisome, hence the need for total action against the menace. It calls for the government to take the bull by the horns.
“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.”
“We are in the school today to sensitize the students on the dangers of drug abuse. I mean, we are here to catch them young to change their mindsets. Because we felt one of the solution to fighting against drug abuse is the need to go after those who have not gone into drug abuse not to get involved in it.”
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Meanwhile, the state House of Assembly says it is committed to enacting and amending the relevant laws that will curtail drug trafficking, abuse and consumption in the state.
Abubakar Kusada, the speaker of the Assembly, made this known in Daura on Monday, May 14, when he addressed hundreds of people at the naming ceremony in the residence of Mallam Nasir Yahaya representing Daura constituency in the Assembly.
He described the rampant instances of drug abuse as unfortunate, saddening and pathetic, stressing that the Assembly was determined to collaborate with NDLEA, police and other stakeholders in checking the menace. Kusada further assured that the Assembly would not relent in enacting laws that would propel the socio-economic development of the state.
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