A non-governmental organisation, Youth Awareness Foundation on Drug Abuse (YAFODA) has empowered over 100 youths who are into drug abuse in Kano State.
They were given food as well as clothes to help them cushion their critical condition, according to the foundation.
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It was observed that most of the drug abusers, including women, who are below the age of 20, have since left their parents’ houses to live on the streets of Sabon Gari in the Kano metropolis.
Speaking during the distribution ceremony, YAFODA National President, Abubakar Shu’aibu Maitumaki, said the intervention was part of their initiative to mitigate drug abuse, especially among youths in northern Nigeria.
He attributed broken homes; poverty and parents’ carelessness as the major factors that led the victims into drug abuse.
“The foundation has also reunited over 400 drug addicts with their parents with the recent reunion of 121 with their parents.
“We took them to 11 different northern states and some parts of the Niger Republic. Our findings from the data we captured indicated that there are over 1,000 of them loitering the streets of Sabon Gari, but we don’t have sponsors to cater for all of them,” he said.
Some of the beneficiaries expressed their regret for indulging in drug abuse, promising to quit if the proper provision was made for their rehabilitation.