Ministry of Inner-City and Zongo Development (MICZD) has pledged its preparedness to help fight the alarming use of Tramadol among the youth in the Zongo communities across the country.
According to the ministry, the use of the illicit drug amongst the youth in the Zongo communities across the country was worrying, hence the need to do something about the use of the drug in these under-privilege communities.
The Minister of Inner-City and Zongo Development, Alhaji Abubakar Saddique Boniface, gave this indication when members of the Zongo Hausa Youth Association from the Ashanti Regional capital, Kumasi, paid a courtesy call on him at his office at the Castle Osu, Accra.
He said the use of Tramadol had made many youth in Zongo communities to hallucinate and think of doing things beyond their imagination.
He explained that the use of the drug among the youth had reached an alarming rate and thus was the need for more education on the dangers of the use of the drug, especially in the Zongo communities.
He added that the happenings in the Zongo communities in relation to the abuse of tramadol was a source of worry to the ministry, adding that steps were being taken to educate the youth on the dangers of abusing the drug.
The ministry will leave no stone unturned in ensuring that the youth in the Zongo communities desist from the use of Tramadol, he averred.
He said his ministry has the mandate to ensure healthy life style, which forms part of the four thematic areas of operation of the ministry.
For his part, the Secretary to the Association, Mohammed Habib Ali Gali, said the association has held a meeting with the Nigerien Ambassador to Ghana to help in the fight against the abuse of the drug among Nigerian youth living in the Zongo communities.
He was quick to add that many Ghanaian youth were also caught up in the abuse of the drug in the Zongos.
He said the abuse of the drug had gone out of control, stressing that the reason his outfit was collaborating with sector agencies to have the situation brought under control.
He reiterated that the association was also planning to organise a security programme for the youth to ensure law and order in Zongo communities.
Mr Habib Ali Gali, while pledging the association’s support for the activities of the ministry, also reiterated their plans to organise programmes for the youth aimed at educating them on the dangers of drug abuse in Zongo communities.
He maintained the security programmes would ensure the youth role in security and curbing crime the Zongo communities across the country.
He added that the association would also collaborate with the ministry in that direction to make the ministry succeed in its mandate of uplifting Zongo communities from squalor in the country.
Story: Today Correspondent