Thursday, 30 May 2019

Dr. Obiano calls for quick intervention, says Drugs threatens future of the Nigerian child

Ukpa Ewa

AWKA - Wife of Anambra State Governor, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano, has said that the future of the average Nigerian child is being threatened by what she described as "an alarming increase in drug abuse" which according to her is constantly denying adolescence and youths the much desired future as leaders of tomorrow. 

Mrs. Obiano made the observation in a message to commemorate the 2019 Children's Day celebration in Awka.
Speaking on the theme of the celebration: "Drug Abuse Among Children: Addressing the Challenges," Her Excellency called for concerted effort by parents, guardians and policy makers to save children from the scourge of drug and substance abuse.

"Parents and guardians should monitor their children, make them confidants and be aware of the kind of friends they keep, as well as the places they go to." 

"There is no doubt that the prevailing socio-economic factors of poverty and privation are major contributors and causes for worry but we are in dire need of improvement in parenting duties". She noted.

"Parents and guardians should be alarmed by the reports that our children have supplanted the age of curiosity with unrestrained experimentation with mood-altering or psycho-active drugs, performance-enhancing drugs and dependency drugs". The First Lady advised.

"Whereas moods altering or psychoactive drugs, such as codeine and tramadol, affect the user's ability to reason and give him a false sense of well-being, performance-enhancing drugs, such as cocaine and heroin, give him extra stamina or energy." She said. 

Mrs. Obiano however commended the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for its consistency in the fight against drug abuse among children and youths.

She commended the State Government for providing safety cushions for children through child friendly policies that have seen them excel at all levels of education and global competition.