From DUMAH RANDONG, Bokkos
YOUTHS in Kawel community of Bokkos Local Government Area of Plateau State have been cautioned against taking of illicit drugs and other anti-social behavior and pursue their education.
A lecturer with the Sociology Department, University of Jos, Dr. Gimba Dikop gave the charge at a one day sensitization campaign against prohibition of drugs and other substances held recently in the community.
The community also took stringent measures aimed at prohibiting the production, sales and consumption of illicit drugs in the area.
Our correspondent reports that drugs abuse or substance abuse refers to the intake of drugs and other substances without the prescription by a doctor for the purposes of creating pleasurable effects on the brain, adding that research has shown that there were over 190 million drug users around the world and the problem was increasing at an alarming proportion especially among young adult under the age of 30.
In a bid to curb the menace, the Federal Government constituted a Presidential Advisory Committee on prohibition of illicit drugs and addiction headed by the former Military Administrator of Lagos State, Retired Brigadier General Buba Marwa.
It was in line with this that the Kawel community in Bokkos LGA of Plateau State set up a committee which came out with bye-laws to prohibit producers, sellers and consumers of the illicit drugs.
Dr. Gimba Dikop explained that anybody identified to be producing or manufacturing drugs and other substances would be reported to the traditional council and a fine of N50,000.00 levied on the person.
Chairman of the committee and a lecturer with the School of Nursing and Midwifery Vom, Obed Daskyakar said the sensitization programme was timely considering the fact that illicit drugs has done more harm than good to youths in the community.
On his part, COCIN Vice President Rev. Dr. Obed Dashan said many families and homes have been ruined by the illicit drugs which has destroyed human lives.
He advised youths to embrace education and agriculture as a means of self reliance.
Councillor representing Mushere-North, Mr. Mashak Datep and Youth Leader of the Area, Mr. Yilret Yatu said the move was aimed at finding strategies to curtail social vices among the youths.
Also commenting, Mr. Bature Micah and Obadia Datukum noted that the community has many drop outs as a result of the effects of drugs abuse.
In an advice, the Acting Miskhakam, Pa Peter Manwat who described youths as leaders of tomorrow called on them to desist from any act that could destroy their future.
Our correspondent reports that the event was attended by sons and daughters of the community while prayers were offered for peace and development of the community.