In a bid to tackle drug addiction in children and young adults, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, has urged parents, guardians and caregivers to watch out for signs of drug addiction in their children and wards to tackle it fast.
The governor who spoke at the inauguration of the Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM) Rehabilitation Centre of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), Araga-Epe in Lagos, noted that drug abuse was harmful to its victims and threaten the peace of the society.
Speaking at the launch of the rehab centre, Ambode said that it was important for parents to be vigilant as drug addicts could be easily lured into crime which would ultimately threaten the development of any society.
”Let me use this opportunity to implore parents, guardians and caregivers to be vigilant in order to detect early signs of drug addiction in their children and seek help from appropriate quarters before it gets complicated.
On our part as a government, we shall continue to take preventive measures through public campaign programmes, especially among our youths so that they are adequately informed on the dangers of drug abuse,” he said.
Meanwhile, Ambode hailed the General Overseer of RCCG Worldwide, Pastor Enoch Adeboye for joining in the fight against the menace.
He promised that the state government would support the initiative to achieve the desired aims.
”CADAM has, on its own, with it own resources, picked up, fed, sheltered, treated and rehabilitated many people who have been addicted to drugs, and given them a new life.
”I am optimistic that many lives that had been compromised as a result of drug addiction will be redeemed, stabilised and given a new hope for a better and meaningful future, ” he said.