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Kebbi urges collective efforts against drug abuse

By Collins Olayinka, Abuja
16 August 2022   |   3:56 am
Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku has called for collective effort to curb rising drug use among youths.

Governor of Kebbi, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu

Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku has called for collective effort to curb rising drug use among youths.

The governor, who stated this in Birnin-Kebbi when he commissioned the Kawara Sports and Recreational Centre, emphasised that a multi-sectoral effort is required for drug-free society.

The establishment of the Recreational Centre was part of efforts of Dr. Zainab Bagudu, the wife of Kebbi State governor and wives of northern governors to address drug menace in their states.

The commissioning coincided with the 2022 International Youths Day, as well as the quarterly meeting of the Wives of the Northern Governors (NGWF), which was held in Birnin-Kebbi.

The governor acknowledged the unwavering commitment of his wife, Zainab Bagudu and her colleagues from the NGWF to curb drug menace in the state, North and Nigeria in general.

In his remarks, the Attorney General described efforts at eradicating the drug menace as a worthy course.

On her part, Dr. Bagudu said the centre would help to reduce the incidence of drug abuse and lauded her husband for his sustained invaluable support to ensure the success of all her activities.

She described youths in the state as very vibrant, energetic and innovative.

The Chairperson of the Northern Governors Wives’ Forum, Hadiza Isma El-Rufai acknowledged the support of Bagudu in ensuring the domestication of the Child Rights Act.

In a message, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), lauded Bagudu for doing a lot to stem the tide of drug abuse in the state, particularly through her ‘Unplugged Programme’.

Also, the Chairman of the State Task force on drugs control, AIG Umar Umar Ambursa (rtd), said the committee was working round the clock with stakeholders to stem the menace of drug abuse in the state.
He said the committee has already established offices in all the 21 local councils of the state and would soon swing into action.