… directs building of psychiatric hospital
ODAHIEKWU OGUNDE, YENAGOA
The Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, has lamented the effect of drug use and abuse on Nigerian youths, saying it is destroying their future.
He spoke at Chief DSP Alamieyeseigha Banquet Hall of the Government House, Yenagoa, during a Stakeholders Mega Sensitisation Campaign on Drug Abuse and Prevention, a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabrah, said on Wednesday.
Diri said the commitment of his administration to eradication of the scourge was premised on its adverse effect on society and expressed the readiness of his administration to make the state free of drug abuse.
He said the government and relevant agencies alone could not achieve the desired result hence all hands must be on deck in the fight against drug abuse.
He further stated that the desire to rid the state of drug abuse and its consequences led to setting up of the Bayelsa State Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation Committee.
In furtherance of this, Diri said that he had directed the construction of a psychiatric hospital, which would be completed within one year.
The governor charged youths of the state to shun drug abuse, saying it only destroyed their future and added no meaning to their lives as some persons try to make them believe.
He said: “Drugs and crime go together. The best approach to stop crime is to stop the youths from use of drugs. We all have the responsibility to check drug abuse as it is not the duty for only the government.
“We will stop at nothing until all parts of Bayelsa State is free of drug abuse and its effects. We cannot afford to have our youths involved in drug abuse. Some of them are very brilliant. Rather than choosing life, they have chosen the path of death.”
In their goodwill messages, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd) represented by the Director-General/Secretary, Mr. Shadrach Haruna, and the Country Representative of United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC), Mr. Oliver Stolpe, commended the efforts of the state government toward eradicating drug abuse.
Marwa said the initiatives to combat drug peddling and use by the state government were in line with the policy of the agency.
He called on all tiers of government and traditional rulers to support the fight against drug abuse.
Mr Stolpe, on his part, said recent statistics suggested that drug use prevalence was very high and that the South-south ranked the highest.
According to him, drug control stands on three perspective, enforcement, prevention, treatment and cure, which he said must have equal attention and resources.