By Nosa Akenzua, Asaba
Delta State Commissioner for Information, Mr Charles Aniagwu, has called on Nigerian youths to desist from drug abuse, warning it can cause severe and psychological damage to them and society.
Aniagwu gave the advice during the Annual General Meeting of members of Akumazi Youths Association in Akumazi, Ika North East Local Government Area at the weekend
The information commissioner pointed out that many persons had lost their destinies and purpose to illicit and drug abuse.
While saying that drug abuse had never favoured anyone, he charged youths to continue to seek meaningful and profitable enterprises.
In his remarks, the National President of Akumazi Association, Mr Udoka Anene commended the Obi of Akumazi, HRM Obi Henry Jegbefume, for his support, adding that the association had created more branches since he took over the mantle of leadership.
He noted that the association would continue to engage various strategies to about the growth and advancement of her members.
Presenting a lecture, titled, ‘Drug, Its Effect on Youths Social Behavior’, Dr Matthew Chukwuma, disclosed that drugs were substances that affect the functions of a whole or part of an organism, especially the central nervous system.
He observed that majority of youths in the present-day society depend on to carry out various activities.
While emphasizing on the classification of drugs and its effect, he noted that hard drugs could cause an individual to exhibit some socially inacceptable attributes.
“Suicide, murder, madness and involvement in unlawful acts are among what hard drugs can lure one into; that is why all drugs are to be recommended and should be administered with caution, at acceptable doses under the supervision of an expert,” he said.
On his part, the Obi of Akumazi, HRM Henry Jegbefume I described the topic as timely and relevant.
He urged youths to shun drugs abuse and acts inimical to the growth of the society, charging them to desist from acts that would not lead their development and the society.