Wife of Zamfara Governor Hajiya Aisha Matawalle, has organised a symposium for youths in the state to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse.
Her Special Assistant on Media, Hajiya Amina Ibrahim, said this in a statement issued to newsmen in Gusau on Sunday.
Mrs Matawalle said that the symposium was part of efforts of curbing drug abuse menace and protecting younger generation from a degenerative future.
The event has the theme: “Better Knowledge for Better Care.”
“This is in line with the initiative of my office to ensure that youths are well-informed about drug abuse and act as change agents for the campaign against this harmful scourge.”
She said that without knowledge, the issue of drug abuse and trafficking could not be tackled.
”We will not relent in protecting youths and women from the dangers of drugs.
“Parents and guardians should collaborate with NDLEA and other law enforcement authorities for counselling their children on drug abuse as it will help in solving the problems at an early stage”, the governor’s wife added.
The state commandant of the Nigeria Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr Adamu Agege, highlighted the causes and effect of drugs usage and made recommendations on ways to stop menace.
Also, the state Commissioner of Health, Alhaji Yahaya Kanoma, said drug abuse among the youths has devastating effect on national development.
Kanoma called for collective action to stop the menace.
“It is the responsibility of everyone in the society to stop drug abuse, at the Ministry for Health, we have been in partnership with the state NDLEA command.
“We are also committed to strengthening the collaboration with the office of the governor’s wife towards finding lasting solutions to drug abuse challenges in the state especially at grassroots level,” the commissioner said.
Various stakeholders who spoke at the event advised the youths to serve as change agents for the younger generation in order to build a drug free society.
There was also an exhibition of the types of drugs and their harmful consequences by NDLEA officials