Akyempemhene of Akropong Akuapem in the Eastern Region, Nana Gyekyewa-Opokua, has advised Ghanaian youth from taking in hard drugs and resorting to other behaviours that could destroy their lives.
Nana Gyekyewa-Opokua, who doubles as the leader of the United Queen Mothers and Female Chiefs Association (UQMFCA), a charitable organisation, said negative behaviours and attitudes do not only make people live suspicious, criminal and awkward lives but also reduce their spiritual and human development.
She noted that there was the need for people not to joke with their lives as human beings but to work hard not only to improve their living standards but also to support the socio-economic development of the country.
Speaking at the inaugural of UQMFCA in Accra, Nana Gyekyewa-Opokua urged parents to give their children quality education so that they can become useful citizens and contribute to the development of the nation.
“Empowering the girl-child through education on feminine health and self-care, academic and professional prospects will empowering her for leadership responsibilities,” she said.
According to her, her association’s one-on-one engagement with girls in their catchment areas has yielded great benefits as there are able to get their attention and also receive complaints which otherwise would have been kept.
On complaints from the girl child, Nana Gyekyewa-Opoku indicated that they have outlined some pragmatic measures to address some of the challenges confronting them.
And as part of the activities lined up for the event, she asserted that her outfit would engage in prayer for the teeming youth who have been engaged in the use of illicit drugs with the current addition of tramadol.
She was hopeful their engagements with the youth would yield positive results.
Story: Prosper A. KWAKU SALASSY