A non-governmental organisation, Al-Ummah Development Foundation rose from its one-day in Kaduna to issue a seven-point communique bordering on how to solve drug and substance abuse among Nigerian youths especially, those in northern Nigeria.
Al- Ummah Development Foundation (ADF) is a charitable organization working on societal reform with activities that are tailored to address socio-economic difficulties and to activate a peaceful process of socio-economic changes through vital structures that accomplish wide ranging educational, economic and societal improvement within Northern Nigeria and beyond.
The workshop with the theme; “Minimizing substance abuse and violence among the youths through moral and vocational training programmes”, had targeted 350 youths out of which 200 who use drugs were rehabilitated in partnership with ATTAISIR Development Foundation.
The Communique signed by Foundation’s Head of Strategy and Communication, Ibrahim Waiya, observed the growing unemployment rate among the youths in Nigeria, particularly in the Northern parts of the Country which he believes poses daily threat of insecurity to the region in addition to its general economic downfall through youth redundancy. It also observed low level of private sector’s engagement with relevant government’s authorities to develop an employment generation strategic framework that would assist in creating jobs opportunities for the youths contributes to economic failure and moral corruption.
The Communique therefore recommended that, “there is a need to replicate the sensitization programmes in all the Northern states and public sector engagement should be scaled up to support the government initiatives in addressing the problems faced by our youths in the society.
“Semi-formal institutions should be set up for youths to undergo special empowerment programmes. Beyond eliminating problems, one needs skills, knowledge and a variety of other personal and social assets to function during adolescence and adulthood, thus, a broader, more holistic view of helping youths to realize their full potentials in gaining wider credence in the world of policy and practice.
“Mass mobilization and enlightenment campaigns should be embarked upon to prevent further exposure of youths to violence and drugs.
“The concerns about youths are at the center of many policy debates. The future well-being of the country depends on the rising generation should ideally be skilled, competent and responsible adults, hence, the need for this transformation model which is holistic in approach, targeting both moral and economic reforms designed to bring about religious consciousness, social refinement and economic overhaul.
“These, we believe, will support millions of Nigerian youths whom it is hoped will be rehabilitated to become responsible individuals and well trained, so that they could be absorbed in to the main economic mainstream”.