From Pwanagba Agabus, Jos
In its efforts to stem the tide against drug abuse, a group, Jos Stakeholders Centre for Peace (JSCP), a unit under Search for Common Ground, an international NGO has enlightened women of Ibrahim Katsina community of Jos North Local Government Area of Plateau State against the negative effects of drug abuse.
Chairman, Working Group on Prevention of Substance Abuse of JSCP, Suleiman Mohammed,
said the enlightenment exercise became necessary in view of the increasing rate of drug abuse among youths in the area and other communities around.
Mohammed said, “In 2017, JSCP conducted a research in this community and the result shows that one of the major causes of violence in Jos communities is constant substance abuse by the people.
“So, we decided to organise this sensitisation exercise for our mothers to equip them with the requisite knowledge on the harmful effect of drug abuse to their wards and the society in general.
“We called because we believe they are key; we also believe they can advice, caution and even punish where necessary their children who indulge in substance abuse.
“We brought these women together to brainstorm on possible and best ways we can curb drug abuse that usually lead to break down of law and order in the society,” he said.
The chairman maintained that the gesture would also be extended to fathers, teachers and young ones in the community with a view to curtailing the abuse of all categories of hard drugs.
In his earlier address, a Principal Staff Officer, Drug Reduction Unit of the Plateau State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA),
Bello Mumuni, who spoke at the event, said the training was timely.
Mumuni said, “The essence of this programme is to sensitise this women about the inherent dangers in drug abuse, and secondly to make them aware, that as mothers to know how they will prevent initial usage of drugs within the family; on how to guide their children against involvement with drugs.
According to him, “The family is the first point of socialization, that’s why we are targeting the mothers in order to sensitise them and to know how to tackle the issue of drug within the family, and how to prevent the use of drugs within the family, and also how to act if it so happened.
“Aside from sensitisation, the NDLEA’s role is to arrest and prosecute drug peddlers.
“But NDLEA cannot do it alone, we need all and sundry in the society; all hands must be on deck”, he stressed.