By: Valentine Adese and Frank Agbai,
As the world celebrates the International Youth Day, the Plateau State Youth Council (PYC) has drawn the attention of the Plateau State Government and the International Community, to the rising tides of drug and substance abuse in Plateau State.The Chairman of PYC, Dr. Fabong Yildam, who raised this alarm in a press briefing at the state Youth Council office, said the discovery was “Amazing and unfortunate”
He said the youth Council is however, working with the different communities and security operatives in the state to nip the ugly trend in the bud and also to safeguard the various communities in the state from attacks.
DR. FABONG, IN THE TEXT HE READ, STATED IN PART AS FOLLOWS:
“Over the week we have been engaging local communities and youth organizations on the Plateau. It is amazing and unfortunate the revelations. What we see and perceived as drug and substance abuse is a tip of the iceberg.
“The rising tides of this evil are beyond this space. Jos and Bukuru metropolis had witnessed the sad consequences of this of this menace. We are currently working with communities, religious leaders and stakeholders in developing strategies to sensitizes, educate, rehabilitate victims and perpetrators of substance abuse and counter violent extremism narratives that can incite violent conflicts.
“We have approached security agencies and we are working closely at safeguarding our communities from attacks. The response is however, very impressive and encouraging.
“We also in the same manner, call on the Operation Safe Haven, which is doing a great job here (Pateau State), to look into the matter of indiscriminate grazing and encroachment into farms by pastoralists. This should be given all the necessary attention, as it could be a focus of a needless crisis.”
“The Sara Suka evil exploit is taking a grave dimension on the Plateau. Boko Haram started as a cell and escalated into one of the most deadly terrorist groups in the world today. The death toll from activities of the Sara Suka boys can best be imagined. Communities on the Plateau are now being constantly threatened.
“Government must, as a matter of emergency, engage the various stakeholders before it is too late.”