By SAMUEL PRINCE-NNAJI
The rate at which drug abuse rises among the youths in the State is alarming, the Plateau State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) decry.
Officer in charge Mrs Ene Akuh, of Operations at the agency, disclosed this during a sensitisation training, organised by Nigeria Youth Network on Countering Violent Extremism (NYNCVE) for youth leaders in Jos the state capital.
Akuh called on community and religious leaders to support government in ensuring that the danger of drug abuse in every sphere of the society, become a history, she also urged the youths to desist from consuming illicit drugs.
State Focal Person of NYNCVE, Mr Jacob Pwakim, in his remarks revealed that the aim of the training was to build capacity of young people who would take action against violent extremism in the communities.
Pwakim said that the youths are always the major target and victims in the event of violent eruption, hence the need to educate them in ensuring an end to violence in the society.
“Over time, we have experienced incessant violent protests where young people were used to take the lives of people in the society.
“We can’t fold our arms and see the population of young people who ought to be leaders of tomorrow depleting. This is why the network decided to organise this sensitisation.
“Our target is to build structure of young people who will take action against violent extremism at the community level,” Pwakim said.