..Say’s drugs abuse kills more than Covid-19
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Founder and President, The Eye Opener Women and Youth Foundation and 2021 Award winner of WHO No Tobacco Day (WNTD) in West Africa, Mrs Margret Julius weekend stormed Tudun Wada community, Kaduna state with members of her foundation.
Mrs. Julius and her team of experts who specialized in training of youths and community leaders on anti-drugs and substance abuse were cheerfully received by the village head of Tudun Wada Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim and his team.
Addressing the community leader and his team, the founder of the foundation, Mrs Julius who spoke extensively in Hausa language said they were in the community on peace.
She stated that they were in the community based on understanding and to assist them professionally on how to reduce high incidences of drugs and substance abuse and disorder in the community through collaboration.
According to her, drugs abuse disorders in the community has already gotten out of hand and reached the climax whereby security intervention by way of arrest worsened the situation rather than ameliorating it, and therefore required civil and professional approach.
She added that her Foundation’s intervention would ensure that the community and youth leaders are trained and made them become self recovery allies so that they could saved their lives themselves and the lives of other people.
“We know that drug abuse is a pandemic, claiming the lives of many people especially youths more than COVID-19.
“So we’re coming out to organize this with our resources so that people and families could have peace”, she said, stressing that no families and Communities with high incidence of drugs addictors enjoyed peace, as well as its states and the nation at large.
She therefore called on local, state and federal governments of Nigeria and international communities to collaborate with them to get ride of the menace from the society for peace to reign, for development to thrives
Earlier, the village head of Tudun Wada Alhaji Gambo Ibrahim who expressed lamentation said the drugs and substance abuse and disorder Situation was so bad at certain time that no strangers could enter the there area.
Alhaji lbrahim who also spoke in Hausa summarized that youths were found smoking and abusing the drugs openly even on streets in broad daylight in the community, and would take it dirty with any community leader who dare reports to police or go against them.
He thanked the founder and her team for the courtsy visit and expressed happiness that the foundation has agreed to come and train his leaders on how to overcome the challenges of drug and substance abuse and disorder.
Findings revealed that founder of the foundation with the task of fighting drugs and substance abuse and disorders through training, rehabilitating and providing skills for them won the 2021 WHO award WNTD in West Africa, because of it outstanding performance.