Nigeria's rising drug abuse issue is a source of concern especially now that the BBC has showed the whole world how bad it is in some northern state. 

Science students, as they are jokingly referred to, are on the loose, but cough syrup like codeine and other hard substances are diligently putting them in chains. 

Moves to check the growing trend and delivery the addicts through rehabilitation have started and Northern Governors’ Wives Forum (NGWF) is joining the war against drug abuse.

On Tuesday, the group held its quarterly meeting in Sokoto and the Chairperson of the forum and wife of Bauchi State Governor, Hadiza Abubakar, stressed the need for collaboration by stakeholders to tackle increasing cases of drug abuse by youths in Nigeria.

Abubakar described the menace of drug abuse among youths in the north as worrisome.

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"The lives of future generation in the North is in serious jeopardy if left unchecked.

The problem of drug addiction would ruin our youths and make them vulnerable, thereby jeopardising the future generation," she highlighted. 

According to her, the forum has taken steps to tackle the menace by setting up drug community volunteer scheme, skill acquisition centres and rehabilitation centres, among others, in states.

The forum will continue to collaborate with partners and other stakeholders to bring an end to drug addiction in the region, she stated.

Abubakar reaffirmed the commitment of the forum toward contributing positively to the welfare of the people and development of the region “because it is a platform for collaboration between wives of governors in the North to bring about positive change and development in the region".

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Also at the meeting was the Governor of the State, Aminu Tambuwal, who expressed the belief that drug abuse issues could be surmounted with concerted approach.

The quarterly meeting of the Governors Wives Forum was attended by wives of governors of Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Nasarawa, Taraba,Niger, Bauchi, among others.

The Federal Government had on May 1, 2018, banned the production and importation of codeine syrup to check the abuse of the drug.

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