Rivers State Deputy Governor, Dr. Ipalibo Harry Banigo has advised youths not to be involved in illicit Drug acts capable of jeopardizing their future.
Banigo gave this advice in a statement from the Government house in Port Harcourt, in commemoration of the 2021, International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
According to the Deputy Governor, the abuse of Alcohol, Tobacco, Marijuana, Hydrocodone, Cocaine and other drugs by youths come mostly from peer influence, unbridled curiosity as well as a depressed mind set, adding that drug abuse increases the risk of psychological trauma, road crashes, sexual pervasiveness, frustration, failures and death.
Banigo said under the watch of Governor Nyesom Wike concerted efforts has been made to turn around the health sector which includes, upgrading and rehabilitation of General Hospitals, the Psychiatric Hospital, establishment of the College of Medicine at the Rivers State University, the Mother & Child Hospital, the construction of the Ultra–Modern Dr. Peter Odili Cardiovascular and Cancer Treatment Centre as well as Contributory Health Protection Programme .
“His Excellency the governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike has shown great commitment in the health sector.
“The rehabilitation of Mother and Child Hospital, the Psychiatric Hospital, the establishment of the College of Medicine and so on.
“So I am preaching against consumption of hard drugs in the state even in Nigeria at large.”
The Harvard trained Public Health Physician who expressed the need for stakeholder’s collaboration in the fight against drug abuse, insisted that parents must pay close attention to their children’s social activities, stressing that illicit drugs are key stimulants to the prevalent state of insecurity across the country.
It would be recalled that the 26th of June has been set aside to celebrate the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
Our correspondent reports that the theme for this year is “Share Facts On Drugs Save Lives”.