Mr Yussif Kwabena Badawe, the acting director of Kwabre East National Youth Authority has entreated the youth in the country especially SHS students to stay away from all forms of drugs especially cannabis and tramadol that can ruin their future.
He noted with concern the high rate of drug abuse among the youth, that was alarming and a major source of worry to well-meaning Ghanaians.Mr Badawe indicated that the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo led government was poised to implement policies that would enhance the development and progress of the Ghanaian youth, but that those who were into drugs would be disadvantaged.
He was addressing a students of Kofi Agyei Senior high technical in Bampenase in the Kwabre East municipality to educate the youth about the effect of drug abuse.
Evangelist Paul Israel who is the drug advocate urged parents to take a responsible role to educate their children about the effect of hard drugs .
On the other hand, programs manager for Kwabre East NYA Miss Esther Birago Benefo said, the fight against drugs requires concerted efforts from all stakeholders.
Government and policy Makers needs to develop social interventions that will create jobs and permanent livelihoods for communities, as joblessness, depression and poverty, in general, are major enablers for substance users she added.
According to her, children need to be educated at home about this problem and school as well. Families and counsellors should talk to the children and people who are in danger while Parents should look after their children and help them become responsible. They should encourage their child if he/she is a victim to keep self busy by opting for a job or visiting rehabilitation centres she added.
Mr Isaac Adu who is the programs co-ordinator and old student at Kofi Agyei SHS technical also added that, basic education is the first step to eradicate this menace of Substance abuse so families and communities should come together as a basic unit of society to play a role in the development of the child by being supportive towards him to fight his battle against the abuse.
Mr Adu urge every individual to be a good role model and empower young people to deal with life challenges to counter substance abuse.
We must provide accurate information on the destructive socio-economic effects of substance abuse to bring about positive changes in behaviour so that, the
cultivation of the entire drug yielding crop should be banned and their production should be regulated by organizing anti cultivation drives on this day.
It may be argued that the legalization of Drugs Especially Cannabis can yield over 7bn dollars in revenue annually, However, lets honestly ask ourselves, who will be the beneficiaries, do we have the systems and the Laws to control its usage. The collateral damage posed to society can easily wipe out the annual returns on its legalization and decriminalization, he emphasized.
The law enforcement agencies should also be more proactive and accountable by following the examples of strategies that nations adopted and have brought positive results in their nation. Better and sophisticated Resources must be placed at the disposal of the Police to combat the ever-growing clandestine modus operandi of these traffickers.
Nana Amoako Anafi, chief of Bampenase commended the government and the National Youth Authority for introducing policies such as free Senior high School, Youth Entrepreneurship programme and the Nation Builders Corps (NABCO) which were in the best interest of the youth.
Nana Amoako called on the youth to take advantage of the policies and Programmes to brighten their future.
Some of the students lauded the National Youth Authority and the government for bringing such programmes closer to them and pledged to take advantage of the programmes to improve on their living conditions.
Sources: Akwadaa Nyame (Silver Fm)