Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection (MoGCSP), Otiko Afisa Djaba, has expressed worry over the alarming rate of drugs abused by the youth of this country.
According to her, drug abuse was taking over schools, neighbourhoods, communities and towns, and thus called on traditional rulers and religious leaders to help the government deal with its effects vigorously.
“Perhaps, we see the drug abuse in Ghana as a plague, only infecting the poor and students from disadvantaged homes. Well, think again because your kids behind the gated communities are not immune.
“We’re on the verge of losing this generation and, possibly the next one to drug abuse, however, we want chiefs and elders in our communities to help policy-makers to fight it with all seriousness.
“Our fragile and infant democracy is threatened if we don’t wake up now and do something drastic about this menace,” Ms Djaba expressed these sentiments when she took her turn at the weekly Meet-the-Press Series 2018 at the ministry of information’s conference hall in Accra yesterday.
The minister briefed the media on the ministry’s comprehensive programmes and achievements since February 2017 when she took over as the sector minister.
She advised the youth, especially students, to stay away from drugs, debunking the notion drugs enhance studying.
According to her, many students had stopped school because of the abuse of drugs, while others had lost their sanity.
Ms Djaba said the government was doing everything possible to ensure that drug trafficking did not occur in the country.
She called for the support of all agencies including faith-based organisations to complement the government in campaigning against drug abuse and trafficking.
She also called on traditional rulers, civil society organisations and the media to complement government’s efforts in reducing the problem.
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