By Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The Institute of Public Analyst of Nigeria, in conjunction with the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi II and the Ministry of Interior have come up to join forces together in the fight against drug abuse common among Nigerian youth.
Addressing journalists at the NUJ Kaduna Secretariat ahead of a one-day training workshop, with a theme: “Challenges for Drug Abuse and National Security”, the 1st Vice President of the Institute of Public Analyst of Nigeria, Dr. Femi Oyediran, said the main aim of the workshop is to adequately educate the public on the dangers in drug abuse.
According to him, the exercise is also meant to train the participant on how to analyse drug, effect of drug consumption, and the basic truth about what it could cause the consumers.
He described as unfortunate a situation where youth abuse good drugs, which they use for enhancer. “It is unfortunate that people, especially the youth today, resort to abuse drugs in the name of ‘being high.’ This attitude is what has given birth to the high societal vices like crime, high rate of accident, violence and the current insurgency ravaging the North East.
“The government is trying to unite the country but the youth allow drug to alter the way they act, and this calls for concern. When people are under influence of drugs, they do anything.
“These are among many reasons that the institute is embarking on training workshop in Kaduna to create awareness on illicit drug consumption and abuse,” he said.
He said what they are trying to do is to compliment the effort of the government to eradicate drug abuse and tendencies that can breach national security.
“We are currently collaborating with NAFDAC, United Nation’s office on drugs and other stakeholders in the administration and control of drugs to rob minds and proffer solutions.”