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Mrs Olufolake AbdulRazaq, Wife of Kwara governor, has called for urgent stakeholder intervention towards tackling the menace of drug abuse in the state.

Nrs AbdulRazaq made the appeal on Wednesday when she visited the Ibrahim Sulu Gambari Rehabilitation Centre in Ilorin.

She said that all stakeholders must join hands to reduce the level of drug abuse in the state.

The governor’s wife further stated that youths of the state required meaningful engagements to live positive lifestyles.

She commended the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for its efforts in tackling drug and substance abuse, saying “they are encouraged to do more”.

According to her, recent reports about the drug abuse prevalence rate in the state is a cause for concern.

“This is not a joke at all, we have to really task our youths, everybody has to do something to change this trend.

“The youth require meaningful engagements, we have undertaken grassroots sports programmes to get them engaged,” she said.

It would be recalled that the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) in 2019, reported a 13 per cent drug abuse prevalence rate in Kwara.

Earlier in his address, the state Commander of the NDLEA, Mr Ambrose Umoru, described the prevailing drug problem in the state as a huge concern.

“In 2019, an UNODC report showed that Kwara has a drug prevalence rate of 13 per cent the highest in the North Central part of the country,” he said.

Umoru said that the NDLEA in Kwara had arrested 173 drug suspects with a combined seizure of 2,169,117 assorted narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances in 2019.

“The command received, treated, counselled and reintegrated 19 persons who used drugs with their families during the 2019 operations.

“The command has continued to work with relevant agencies such as the Kwara State Drug Control Committee to check drug abuse in the state,” he said.

The NDLEA official commended the traditional institution for their roles in the fight against drug and substance abuse.

The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Razaq Raji, described drug abuse as a threat to peace and cordial coexistence among people.

“The extent of drug abuse among youths in the state is worrisome, its effects are enormous and dangerous.

“Drug abuse can lead to social vices such as armed robbery, social unrest, mental health challenge, threat to peaceful coexistence, loss of productivity and so on,” he said.

The commissioner said the state government was committed towards tackling the rise in drug abuse in the state.

“A lot of advocacy and awareness campaigns have been done in public places such as market places, worship centres and motor parks,” he said.

Edited by: Azubuike Okeh/Muhammad Suleiman Tola

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