a Youth Council, AYC yesterday Thursday interacted with the Honourable Member representing Ado/Okpokwu/Ogbadibo Federal Constituency, Benue State, Dr Francis Ottah Agbo, Chairman House Standing Committee on Drugs and Narcotics at National Assembly, Abuja.
President of AYC, Comrade Dogo Shagari led the National Delegation with the zeal to discuss the increasing trend of Drug Abuse and addiction among the Youths in Northern Nigeria and Nigeria at large. He expressed his disappointment on how the Youths are the majority according to statistics on the maladaptive behaviour, hence seek partnership with Hon Member to campaign and sensitize targeted Youths population across 19 Northern States including FCT Abuja.
Dr. Agbo who is the Spokesman of the Minority Caucus in the Green Chamber thanked the delegation for visiting him and appreciated their concerns on the Campaign and Sensitisation against Drug Abuse. He later assured AYC that he is in politics to deliver selfless service to humanity, and promised to partner with them in their campaign.
He said his committee is at the vanguard of waging concerted war against illicit drug addiction but noted that its activities are slowed down by a litany of challenges.
He said: “So far, the NDLEA which is charged with the responsibility of waging the war against illicit drug addiction is a toothless bulldog because it is underfunded, understaffed and under equipped. This is the narrative that my committee is poised to change and it is a mission possible if all hands are on deck.”
While regretting that the country treats the campaign against drug abuse with levity, the Ozigizaga warned that if Nigeria fails to destroy drug addiction, it will destroy Nigeria.
Those in attendance at the meeting were, Honourable Shagari Dogo, Mr Ibrahim Attama, Comrade Isa Ibrahim, Comrade Bello Shehu Maude, Honourable Alpha Nma, Mercy Sati
Source: Arewa Youth Council