By Olusegun Obisanya
The government has been called upon to live up to its responsibilities in the vital area of preserving the youths by helping them to keep away from drugs, drug abuse as well as drug addiction.
The government was also urged to collaborate with the Church that is concerned about this menace in the society by giving the latter access to government schools where most pupils and students indulging in the insiduous habit are in large number.
The call was made at the event organised for secondary students by The Redeemed Christian Church of God, Lagos Province 1 by the CSR’ arm of the church in conjunction with the Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Yaba, Lagos with a view to reducing the menace of drug abuse and addiction ravaging the youths.
Themed “Adolescent Substance Abuse – Evidence Based Approaches to Prevention and Treatment,” the event was held at Rock of Ages College, Ikorodu, Lagos and had students in attendance.
Speaking at the event, the Assistant Pastor, Lagos Province 1, Emmanuel Adebowale Adesina, in charge of the Province CSR said exposure of children to drugs calls for concern and has led to the campaign and awareness to sensitise the secondary school students of the menace of drug abuse.
He said: “This is a programme that if the Church has the financial muzzle, it will be held on a weekly basis due to the danger and exposure of drugs to these young ones as many of them could be misled into the bad habit of taking drugs and become addicted with inherent implication for their dreams in future.
“There are display of drugs at every bus stop which calls for the government intervention by banning them because of the teeming youth, the upcoming Nigerians of tomorrow.
The cleric pleaded with the youth to stay away from drugs and its abuse so they can realise their lofty dreams.