Following the new trend of drug abuse and trafficking among women and girls across Katsina State, the wife of the state governor, Hajiya Hadiza Bello Masari, yesterday declared her ambition to collaborate with traditional rulers, individuals and groups to tame the menace.
Speaking in an interview with newsmen in Katsina, Hadiza Masari said she had put in place strategies that would help check the prevailing drug abuse and peddling among women.
She lamented that women nowadays no longer pay the right attention to their obligation to mold the character of their children and wards, saying the trend could have telling consequences in future.
“I think we have to wake up and see how to eradicate this drug menace. So, my target is to reduce the current rate of drug abuse in the society,” said Hadiza Masari.
“Our main concern now is that women are selling and taking illicit drugs. If we don’t have good mothers how do we expect to have well behaved children?” she asked.
The governor’s wife expressed concern about the dangers of drug abuse and peddling in rural areas and revealed that she had enlisted the support of traditional rulers, parents, women groups and youths to tackle the problem.
Hadiza Masari, who stressed her passion for women and youth empowerment through agriculture and girl child education, warned parents refusing to send their children, especially girl child, to school on account of poverty and present unemployment in the land, that they are truncating the opportunities for the children to make use of their potentials in future.
She also restated her commitment to the advocacy for the use of solar lamps and energy efficient stoves to reduce over dependence on costly fuel and fast depleting firewood, especially at the grassroots.
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