Female Artist Association of Nigeria wants the Federal Government to implement a National Policy that will check the rate of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the country.
National President of the Association, Mrs Chinzy Ojobo, made the call in Abuja, during an exhibition to Mark this years International Day against Drug Abuse.
The Exhibition titled RED ALERT was organized to educate youths, on the dangers of drug abuse using pictoral Art works for illustration.
Addressing newsmen, National President of the Association Mrs Chinzy Ojobo said one of the key ways to address this social problem is for Government to create more job opportunities and skill acquisition programs for the teeming youths in the country.
“This call is for concerted efforts to tackle this problem, you will see some of these youth drinking water and think its ordinary water, not knowing they added drugs into it, its really serious. Government needs to create more job for the youth, because idleness is what pushes them to engage in drugs. And the effect is really dangerous”
In a remark, the patron of the Association, Mrs Dayo Keshin, advised parents to be proactive in mentoring their children, on the dangers of drug abuse.
“Parents, you need to bring out the creativity in your children, you need to take a look inward to see those inner qualities in your children and help them to groom it, you need proper monitoring and mentoring of this children to ensure they are not engaged in negative activities” she said.
Mrs Ngozi Akande, former National President Female Artist Association of Nigeria explained that she designed an Art work showing the dangers in abusing drugs.
” The picture here shows a young man smoking cigarette, you can see the smoke and the dust. This is gradually affecting his health which can lead to death if not curbed”
Also an Artist Mr Akachukwu Chukwuemeka appreciated the female artist for organizing the program, adding that most crimes in Abuja and other state of the country were as a result of hard drugs.
” There are crimes every where due to hard drugs, you see people stab others in a fight over little things. It has really caused much danger among our youths”
On her part the National Secretary Women To Women Association, Mrs Ifeoma Akerele stressed the need for synergy between Government and Civil Society Organizations to Take campaign to every nooks and crannies of the country.
” This calls for collaboration with relevant stakeholders to raise campaign against drug abuse amongst our youths before something evil begins to happen, like in the North, the Almajiri children needs proper attention and education to get them off the street ” she said.
About eight artists were inaugurated as committee members to over see the activities of the Association.
By: Julian Osamoto