The wife of the Ogun state governor, Mrs. Bamidele Abiodun has advised parents to maintain good relationship with their children as this would assist in reducing the prevalence of drug abuse and addiction in them.
Mrs. Abiodun gave this advice while playing host to members of the Ogun state Drug Control Committee who were on a courtesy visit to her at her Iperu residence on Wednesday.
According to her, “the role of parents in the upbringing of children is crucial and cannot be overemphasized”, noting that “there must be close and cordial relationship between parents and children in order to observe and monitor their activities”.
She expressed shock over the scary statistics of the survey carried out by the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime which put the prevalence rate at 24% in the south west and 17% in Ogun state and also expressed dismay at the involvement of the girl child and women in drug abuse.
She stated that education and enlightenment were key to the campaign against drug abuse in the society, adding that educating them on the drug menace should start at the primary school level to address the problem from the root.
Mrs. Abiodun assured of her willingness to have interactive sessions with the girl child and groups of parents for them to be aware of the dangers of drug abuse, prostitution and child negligence.
Earlier in his address, the Chairman of the committee and Director of Pharmacy in the Ministry of Health, Pharmacist Olufemi Fafiolu said the committee was saddled with the responsibility of sensitizing against drug abuse, monitor and coordinate NGOs involved in the drug campaign among others.
Pharmacist Fafiolu listed some of the unconventional substances and drugs that were now being combined by these children to include tramadol, tom tom, lacasera, cocaine, marijuana, bennylin with codeine, Maggie cubes alcohol to name a few.
He added that the committee had taken the campaign to schools, markets, Churches, Mosques among others calling on the government to renew its commitment to the activities of the committee.