Poor Parenting Responsible For Drug Addictions In Society – Peter Azi
Plateau state Assembly’s Honorable Speaker, Rt Hon Peter Azi, has lamented on prevalent drug addictions in society as cause of ‘poor parenting,’ which he said is directly impacting negatively in the lives of the Nigerian child.
Speaking, while addressing traditional and stakeholders at a Two-Days Workshop on Wednesday, organized by Communities Empowerment Initiative in partnership with Jos North Local Government Area, to reduce illicit drugs and promote peaceful coexistence, he decried the level of decay in the society where parents cannot give training; rather, they consider “paper qualification,” which has forced many youth to roam about the streets.
He commended the local government for organizing enlightenment campaigns to reduce drug addiction and other dangerous substances, which are destroying the Nigerian youth, and called on parents to ensure that they live no stone on turn to do something that can better the lives of the youth.
The Executive Director of Communities Empowerment Initiative (CEI), Dr Juliana Mafwil, sued parents on moral discipline in children upbringing. She said the sensitization is aimed at calling on parents to have collective responsibilities of building the future of their wards to grow and be leaders of tomorrow.
Mafwil also urged parents to come together to see how they can address the menace in the society, especially in Jos North Local Government Area, where there is prevalent high rate of crime and criminality, and commended the chairman for her visionary leadership as a mother to help enlightened women on the happenings in the household and in the community at large.
According to her, community empowerment initiative is passionate about community issues, and the council should partner towards network for the success of the programme. She charged local government to be proactive by partnering with other communities to address youth restiveness.
Mafwil stressed that, the elders and stakeholders are seriously concerned at what is happening to youth in this generation because, out of ignorance, they are destroying their tomorrow. The Local Government Management committee chairman, Hon. Theresa Azi said the regular consumption of Goskolo was responsible for the challenges of drug addiction in the state. She tasked parents to ensure that they cultivate the culture of complimenting the efforts of government.
Those that witnessed the occasion include: CAN, JNI, Traditional Rulers in Jos North, Youth Leaders, and Sheik Yahaya Jingir, who promised to go back and impact positively in their communities. “We have missed the track of disciplining our children for leadership; our society can be better if we create this platform to train the youth in our homes,” she added.
She promised that party stalwarts are going to meet and deliberate on how to rehabilitate camps to help those, who are affected by these illicit drugs, pointing out that, “APC government is ready to free the youth in Jos North, with the collaboration of government and stakeholders,” she stated.