NMA calls on Edo Govt.to engage youths in productive activities



The Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)Edo, has called on the government to engage youths in productive to avoid drug abuse.

Dr Harrison Omokhua, the Chairman of NMA, Edo branch made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Benin.

He said the government should create enlightenment, musical, sports and other interesting programmes to keep youths busy to create national development.

“There should be high advocacy by government, NDLEA, NMA and other on the danger of drug abuse.

“Jingles on and on the implications of drug abuse will help understand the of misusing drugs.

“These jingles should run daily in both English and Edo local dialects in order for everyone to understand the message.

“Most times drug abuse starts primary and secondary schools.The government should time to time organise seminars in these schools and make young ones understand its effect.

“We need more correctional facilities to rehabilitate drug addicts.

“The government has a big role to play.Youths need to be more engaged in more productive activities.

“If the government can provide these activities, youths will be busy and up the act.

“Many youths are into due to lack of constructive engagement in that will help mould their minds.

“Simple, stay off completely except those on doctors prescription.

“The youths have a lot to lose if they don’t stay away drugs.

“Ranging mental, emotional, physical and social problems,” he said.

Omokhua advised youths to desist taking indiscriminately, warning that drug abuse could diseases which could lead to death.(NAN)