Avoid drug addiction, Kwara Gov urges young people

On Thursday, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq urged young people to stay away from drug addiction.

AbdulRazaq spoke in Ilorin, the state capital, on the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking 2022, organized by the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Command of Kwara State, in collaboration with the Kwara State Drug Control Board and the Office of the First Lady of the State, Ambassador Olufolake AbdulRazaq.

The theme of the event was “Addressing Drug-Related Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises”.

“I thank the NDLEA, government agencies and the Office of the First Lady for putting this together. This clearly shows that the agency is aware of its responsibilities. The main message here today is: say no to drug abuse. There is nothing good that comes out of illicit drugs. It destroys you as a person; it destroys your family and your communities, and it undermines the government,” the governor said.

AbdulRazaq commended NDLEA leaders at the federal and state levels for their proactive measures and campaigns against drug abuse, pledging continued support for the agency and other relevant bodies to control crime and mitigate its effects in the society.

The Governor thanked the traditional leaders for their immense contributions to eliminating crime in their communities, as well as the various businesses that supported the event.

The Acting Chief Medical Director of the Federal Neuro-Psychiatric Hospital in Budo-Egba, Prof. Baba Issa, said concerted efforts by various stakeholders are needed to rid society of drug addiction.

Represented by Dr. Garba Suleiman, Issa said governments must step up ongoing anti-drug campaigns and take additional action against the proliferation of stores selling illicit substances.

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