In a bold stride towards addressing the pervasive issue of drug abuse, Kwara State Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq recently outlined a comprehensive strategy aimed at curbing substance misuse among the state's youth. This announcement was made during the 1st Kwara Stakeholders Summit on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control held in Ilorin on February 13, 2024.
In an attempt to prevent crime and promote social well-being, Governor AbdulRazaq's administration is investing heavily in people-oriented programmes and creating an enabling environment for youth engagement. Recognizing drug abuse as not only a social problem but also a public health concern, the government has resolved to address it through a combination of policy initiatives, community involvement, and individual empowerment.
Notable among the proposed measures is the appointment of a Special Assistant on Drug Abuse and Prevention, a role tasked with driving the government's strategy and coordinating efforts across various sectors. This appointment underscores the administration's commitment to combating drug abuse as a top priority.
Harnessing the Power of Youth Engagement
Understanding that sustainable solutions to drug abuse must involve the active participation of young people, the AbdulRazaq administration is investing in initiatives that promote youth development and provide alternative pathways for personal growth and success.
Among the key investments highlighted by the governor are the establishment of an Innovation Hub, Visual Arts Centre, Garment Factory, Film Factory, and Shea Butter Factory. These projects aim to create employment opportunities, foster creativity, and equip young people with the skills necessary to thrive in today's economy.
Additionally, the government has pledged its support for existing youth development programs such as IVTEC, Kwapreneur, and others. By empowering young people to take charge of their futures, these initiatives seek to reduce the allure of drug abuse and other destructive behaviors.
A Collaborative Effort to Address a Pressing Challenge
The 1st Kwara Stakeholders Summit on Drug Abuse Prevention and Control brought together experts, youth leaders, and government officials to discuss practical solutions and recommendations for addressing the issue of drug abuse. The event featured panel discussions, cultural displays, and keynotes by experts in the field.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Citizenship and Leadership, as well as other dignitaries, were in attendance, demonstrating the importance of collaboration in addressing this pressing challenge.
Throughout the summit, speakers emphasized the severe health risks and hindrances to national development posed by substance abuse. They called for collective action to combat the scourge and protect the well-being of future generations.