Kwara Governor cautions that drug misuse destroys lives and families.
Kwara Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq warned Nigerian youths and schoolchildren on Thursday against engaging in drug addiction.
AbdulRazaq gave advise during a seminar in Ilorin to celebrate the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking in 2022.
The event was co-organized by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Kwara Command, the state Drug Control Committee, and the Office of the State First Lady, Dr Olufolake AbdulRazaq.
The governor, speaking on the subject “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises,” urged young people to avoid drug misuse and to be excellent ambassadors for their families and community.
“I applaud the NDLEA, the government agencies, and the First Lady’s Office for pulling this together.” It clearly demonstrates that the agency is aware of its duties.
“Today’s key message is to say no to drug misuse.” There is nothing beneficial that can come from illegal substances.
“It ruins you as a person, your family, your community, and it weakens the government,” he added.
AbdulRazaq observed that all levels of government, national and subnational, spend a significant amount of money on drug control.
“Governments spend billions on the NDLEA to ensure it works properly,” he added.
He praised the agency’s leadership at the federal and state levels for their proactive measures and anti-drug misuse efforts.
He reaffirmed his continued support for the NDLEA and other relevant authorities in their efforts to combat crime and minimize its impact on society.
“We especially applaud General Buba Marwa (rtd.) for his efforts since his arrival.”
“We’ve seen a lot of progress and proactiveness.” With his knowledge and capacity brought to the agency, he has left a landmark from what it once was.
“I also salute the Corp’s Commander in the state for actively engaging crucial areas to win the drug war,” he said.
AbdulRazaq also praised the state’s traditional rulers for their enormous efforts to making their villages crime-free, as well as the numerous corporations that sponsored the event.
The governor’s wife, Dr Olufolake AbdulRazaq, said her office was participating in a variety of activities and initiatives aimed at reducing drug consumption in the state.
Mrs AbdulRazaq, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Raji Razaq, urged parents and religious leaders to step up efforts to keep children away from drugs.
Prof. Baba Issa, Acting Chief Medical Director of Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital, Budo-Egba, stated that ridding society of drug usage would require a collaborative effort from all stakeholders.
Issa stated that the government at all levels must step up anti-drug programs and take more steps to combat the expansion of illegal drug stores.
“The consequences of drug usage are terrible,” he warned, listing health risks, financial difficulties, and criminal tendencies as prominent implications.
Mr Nasir Yusuf, the state Chairman of the Nigeria Youth Council of Nigeria, also blamed bad parenting and the indifference of certain community leaders for youngsters being exposed to dangerous drugs.
Yusuf urged all key parties with halting the trend.
He praised the current administration’s efforts in the state to involve youngsters and enable them to achieve their life goals, stating AbdulRazaq uniquely represents the interests of youths.
Earlier in her welcoming address, Mrs Barakat Olarewaju, the state Chairperson of the Drug Control Body, stated that the committee was made up of individuals from several sectors involved in drug control.
The group, according to her, is made up of NDLEA and other security organizations.
She also stated that the committee would perform sensitization and awareness creation, advocacy resource mobilization for drug control efforts, and a compilation of all activities in response to drugs in the state, which will be reported to the agency.