An Abuja based non-governmental organisation, Women Advocacy Against Child Abuse have called on the government, especially the Kaduna state government to urgently look into the menace of drug peddling in the state to arrest the ugly trend of juvenile addiction to banned substance in the state.
The group in a reaction to the recent arrest of some Islamic clerics by the police in the state for abhorring over 300 youths suffering from various mental ailments said, drug addiction and abject poverty could be linked to the so called incarceration of the youths and alleged allegations of sodomy.
The National Publicity Secretary of the group, Hajia Ibrahim Hassana told reporters that the fundamental problems that led to this ugly scenario is as a result of the failure of the government to tackle the root cause, which she said is drug peddling.
“The government must accept that they have failed in their responsibility to crush drug peddling which has subjected the youths to addiction as well as the inability of the government to provide meaningful employment for both their parents and the youths”.
Apart from that, inadequate provision of affordable medical facilities have lured those whose wards have gone berserk to seek refuge from ill-equipped spiritual centres.
They call on the government to urgently provide succour for the 300 inmates of the Kaduna Islamiyah school because their parents has no wherewithal to make ends meet. It also advocate for the establishment of well equipped and affordable psychiatric centres in the state.
We are already liaising with the Principals of the Islamiya centre to see how the centre can be registered and given a face-lift for the benefit of the less privileged, the group said.