Ogun govt. laments high prevalence rate of drug abuse among youths



 Ogun Government has expressed concern over the high prevalence of drugs and substance use among youths the .The Chairman, Ogun Drug Control Committee (OSDCC), Mr Olufemi Fafiolu, said this during a town meeting on Drug Abuse on Wednesday Ilaro.He maintained that the was committed to eradicating drug abuse and called on the society to take more responsibility towards ending the scourge.Represented by the OSDCV Coordinator, Mr Bolajoko Igbagbo, the Chairman said that the meeting was part of government’ multipronged strategy towards addressing the problem of drug abuse the state.He added that government’ objective was to enlighten on the dangers inherent in drug and substance abuse.Fafiolu, who is also the Director of Pharmaceutical Services in the state Ministry of Health, said similar meetings had been held earlier in Abeokuta and Sagamu to cover the three Senatorial districts.“We understand the important roles of various in our fight against drug abuse,

so, we have brought together .“We have the Nigerian Automobile Technicians Association, community development committees, organisations, , faith-based organisations, Parent Teachers Association, among others.“If we are to achieve our goal of eradicating the menace our society, we must collaborate with these stakeholders.“However, they need to appreciate the massive effects of drugs on the society. I you that government will continue to play its part,”

he said.The chairman noted the state has organised sensitisation and enlightenment campaigns in more than 150 secondary across the state.He said that focus was largely on the youths, being the most vulnerable demographic to the scourge.Also speaking, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, the Olu of Ilaro and Paramount Ruler of Yewaland, submitted that the menace of drug abuse would continue to linger without parents taking responsibility for their actions.He added that “ are likely to emulate social vices from their parents or adults close to them”.Olugbenle,  represented by the Oloke Odan of Oke-Odan, Oba Olurotimi Fagbenro, said that government should increase sensitisation of road transport workers as it would go a long way to reduce road accidents as a result of drug abuse. (NAN)