News Investigators/ The Northern Youths Initiative for Peace and Good Governance (NYIPGG), has condemned the abuse of drugs by youths in the region, saying it is detrimental to the fulfillment of its mission.
Leaders of NYIPGG, which is an umbrella group of youths in the 19 states of the north, called for an end to drug abuse on Thursday in Abuja when they conferred an award of honour on Chief Godwin Ike, an Aviation Researcher and Publisher.
During the ceremony, Barrister Abdulmalik Alfa, Director, Legal Affairs, NYIPGG, said that the group was working round the clock, through advocacy programmes, to end illicit acts by the youths from the region.
“As part of activities of the body, we are into advocacy campaign against all forms of social vices in society.
“These include acts such as thuggery, vandalism, prostitution and the issue of drug abuse, which has become a cankerworm that is destroying youths of this country.
“We believe, as positive and progressive minded youths of Northern Nigeria, we have a role to play; we cannot leave government alone to do it.
“Therefore, we consider it very fundamental to embark on advocacy so that those who are into drug abuse or drug addiction will know that these acts are detrimental to the fulfillment of our mission.
“That is why we have intensified our efforts in that direction.”
Abdulmalik described Ike as a man of distinguished character and “the most outstanding ICON of social change of NYIPGG in 2019/2020 activities”.
He said through Ike’s contributions, NYIPGG was able to execute some of its mandates and the vision for which the body was established.
According to Abdulmalik, the award is in recognition of Ike’s immense contributions to nation building, human development, education development and youth empowernment programmes.
For his part, Alhaji Umar Lawal, President NYIPGG said Ike deserved the honour in view of his numerous contributions, including the creation of jobs for Northern youths through his initiatives and programmes.
“We the youths, from Northern Nigeria, honour Mr Ike because he is impacting the development of the country through empowerment of our youths by providing jobs for them,” Lawal said.
In his remarks, Ike expressed gratitude to not only the NYIPGG leaders, but the entire Northern Nigerian youths for being accommodating.
Ike said the gesture was a motivation for him to do more to discourage youths in the country from getting involved in drug abuse and other illicit acts. (NAN)