Disturbed by the rising drug abuse among youth in the country, Senator Philip Gyunka has disclosed plans to embark on massive youth’s education on the dangers of the menace across all higher institutions in his senatorial district in particular and Nasarawa State in general.
Senator Gyunka, who represents Nasarawa North under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the upper legislative chamber, proffered massive awareness and jobs creation as solutions to the nation’s growing rate of drugs use among the youth.
The lawmaker told newsmen at his Akwanga country home over the weekend that he just returned from overseas trip where he had gone to “study the way youth are being guided against social menace during their formative years, so that they could become useful to themselves and the society in general”.
Senator Gyunka, who is the vice chairman of Senate Committee on Drugs and Narcotic, described the lack of youth’s education on the dangers of drugs use and the high rate of unemployment as a dangerous national time bomb if not checked in the country.
He blamed the government and the youth for the menace, affirming that government at all levels must give priority to skills vocational training for both educated and non-educated youths as solution to the nation’s growing unemployment rate.
“There is need for the government to properly educate our youth on the dangers of drugs in various higher institutions. There is no awareness on it like the practice in advanced countries and it is high time we copy from these countries, especially America.
“Some of these people abuse different drugs for different reasons. These vary in terms of drug, person or occasion, although some people may have more than one reason for abuse. These reasons include curiosity towards achieving a particular goal, such as economic, political or otherwise.
“Also, search for pleasure, social pressure, which may come within or outside one’s social group such as family. Some even continue to abuse drugs for tension relief or escape”, he stressed.
The lawmaker, while advocating capital punishment for drug-related offences in the country, said this would not only stop the menace, but also serve as a deterrent to the youth.
Senator Gyunka further observed that the neglect of creating awareness, vocational and technical education by successive governments over the years aggravated the problem of youth unemployment which has also forced many of them into drug abuse.
He therefore advised that “graduates should not only rely on the non existing white-collar jobs and should also not see the skills vocations like vulcanizing, car washing, catering and tailoring, among others as dirty jobs.
“If we must not deceive ourselves, entrepreneurial development is a major solution to the nation’s growing youth unemployment. They (graduates) should not be waiting for government jobs at all times when they could engage themselves with some of these vocations”, he explained.
The lawmaker said that government’s capacity to absorb the yearly school leavers in the public and civil service was limited and urged the youths to come to terms with the reality.

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