By Bashir Bello
KATSINA — A Non-governmental organisation, Queen Dijah Women and Children Awareness Initiative, QDWCAI, Monday, called on Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State to declare a state of emergency on drug abuse among youths and women in the state as part of renewed efforts to address the menace.
Founder of the organisation, Khadijah Suleiman Saulawa, stated this when the organisation stormed the former WTC now known as Government Girls Secondary School, Katsina, for a one-day sensitisation campaign against drug abuse.
Saulawa, who decried the rate of drug abuse among the youths and women, said it was alarming and becoming worrisome and called for concerted effort to address the menace.
According to her, “considering the alarming rate of drug abuse among students and women in the state, we are calling on Governor Masari to declare a state of emergency on drug abuse in the state. The situation is terrible and worrisome, hence the need for total action against the menace. It calls for the government to take the bull by the horns.
“Government should also ensure that all the relevant laws and statutory provisions in respect of drug abuse are fully and effectively implemented at all times.”
“We are in the school today to sensitize the students on the dangers of drug abuse. I mean, we are here to catch them young to change their mindsets. Because we felt one of the solution to fighting against drug abuse is the need to go after those who have not gone into drug abuse not to get involved in it,” Saulawa said.
Presenting a paper on, “Implications of Drug Abuse,” a resource person from the Katsina State Command of NDLEA, Zainab Ibrahim, said statistics shows that students start engaging on drug abuse at an early age of ten (10).