A non governmental organization under the auspices of Hayin Banki Yanshinkafa Youth Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited said it has commenced the process of rehabilitating no fewer yhan 50 drug addicts in kawo , Kaduna North local government area of Kaduna state.
The Kawo axis has earlier been reported severally of been terrorized by a deadly group recently proscribed by the state government known as the Sara -Suka and Yanshara gangs, but the organization said they have completed plans to stem the tide of hooliganism and terror in the area.
Speaking to newsmen shortly after the group launched it’s office at Hanyin Banki in kawo, Umar Ilyasu Ahmed, the president of the group said among the 50 persons targeted for the rehabilitation, they have succeeded in getting 20 persons among them on the track to shun hooliganism and drug addiction.
He said part of the strategies adopted was to identify the leaders of the group and educate them on healthy and productive ways of living. “One of the strategies we adopted was to pick the leaders of the bad gangs and we passed messages of hope for better future to them through the leaders.
” In fact the strategy is working maximally as they (the leaders) are even helping us to recover dangerous weapons from their peers.
“When we asked them what was their problem, the reason why they resorted to hooliganism, they lamented they wished to continue their education but due to poor background and non support from parents and community led them to thuggery.”
Other strategies adopted by the cooperative society in transforming the youths includes, creation of tutorial classes organised by the Hanyan Banki Student Association Union, (HAPSU) for both the young and adolescents in the area , whom have been out of school to avail them the opportunity of having quality education,while meeting up with their peers.
He said “We are optimistic that the thuggery in the this community will soon be a thing of the past.
“We have been organizing tutorials to let them know the importance of education to their future. We try to discourage them not to allow smoking and drug addiction prevent them from reaching the promised land. We gave them a good example that we have doctors, lawyers among us and that they too can become someone in life.
“There is still future in them and there is possibility for the to become valuable. Most of those tutored among them who wrote WAEC, NECO and passed their exams . We even told those who passed among them to consider furthering their studies with the promise to assist them.”
While calling on government and other renown individuals for intervention, the group said it has partnered with different stakeholders such as , security agents , community heads , volunteer groups among others stakeholders in ensuring it’s aim and objective of grooming youths for better future is achieved.