The Acting Area Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for Ikare Akoko, Alhaji Abubakar Gusau has described as disturbing the trend of youths’ addiction to hard drugs.
The Narcotics Officer disclosed this when he sensitised 2021 Batch ‘C’ (Stream 1) corps members on the effect of hard drugs on youths at the NYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ikare-Akoko.
Alhaji Gusau who is a Chief Superintendent of Narcotics of the Federal agency saddled with the responsibility of eliminating the growing and processing of hard drugs said that NDLEA is not relenting at crushing the cartels responsible for this unpleasant situation.
The CSN Gusau declared that the NDLEA has spread its tentacles across the international airports, seaports and border crossing to arrest those engaged in manufacturing, selling, exporting, and trafficking in hard drugs.
The acting Area Commander disclosed that the agency is equally on the trail of the leaders of narcotics and money laundering organisations.
“Gentlemen corps members, I am constrained to let you know that peer pressure and influence has led some promising youths to go into hard drugs, and today, their families are spending much to rehabilitate them”.
“It is most unfortunate that some of the younger generations whom the society has invested a lot upon from birth to graduation are now deeply enmeshed in addiction to various hard drugs and this is not good for our youth empowerment and development”.
He announced that the expenses both parents and government are incurring on addicted youths annually are humongous and this could be channeled towards profitable ventures.
The narcotics expert mentioned some of the effects of drug addiction to include withdrawal syndrome, loss of memory, dropping out from school, depression, and suicide in extreme cases.
“The Patriotic Nigerians, you have a role to play when you leave the camp because everyone is seeing you as role models who have been well moulded to take the message of ‘no to hard drugs’ to all the nooks and crannies of Ondo State”.
“The NYSC has a dedicated group that has been empowered to go to various secondary schools, public places to sensitise and educate everyone on the inherent dangers of drug addiction. You need to be a volunteer and be a part of the Community Development Service group to expose all these ills”.
“Your future is in your hands and NYSC as a leading youth organisation in sub-Saharan Africa will continue to create and sustain the enabling environment for you to become the best you can during and after the service year” he concluded.