The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has planned to build a rehabili­tation centre in the Federal Capital Territory to tackle drug abuse among children and youths.
Its Chairman, Col. Mu­hammad Abdallah (rtd), disclosed this on Tuesday in Abuja, at the celebration of the 2017 Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Traffick­ing.”
He noted that the con­struction of the centre be­came imperative to reha­bilitate misguided youths.
The NDLEA boss stated that there was no single standard rehabilitation cen­tre in Nigeria, even as the youths make up between 60 per cent and 70 per cent of the population and consti­tute the vulnerable group.
Abdallah said that the FCT Minister, Malam Mu­hammad Bello, had assured the agency that land would be made available to build the centre.
He said it was worrisome that children of age 13 al­ready had problem with drugs.
The chairman said the development was a clarion call for parents to check the excesses of their children and protect them against corrupted minds.
“There should be delib­erate and sustained efforts at educating the younger generation on drug preven­tion.