Lagos - The Kano State Government says it has spent N56 million to rehabilitate 150 youths who were engaged in drug addiction.
The state governor, Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso, disclosed this during the passing out ceremony of the youths at the Kano Reformatory Institute in Kiru, one of the 24 Institutes established by his administration.
The governor further said that the rehabilitated youths would be taken to Industrial Training Fund (ITF) for training, as done to previous students of the Institute, to enable them learn skills that would help them reintegrate fully into the society.
Kwankwaso further disclosed that so far, 312 drug-addicted youths have been reformed, adding that they are currently working either as Corporate Security Guards or as employees of the state road management agency (KAROTA).
In her message during the occasion, the Special Guest of Honour and wife of the Vice President, Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo, welcomed the initiatives the state embarked on to reform the youth.
“It is heartwarming to see that government has not relented in its war against drug abuse in the state. It has indeed being making progress and is actually succeeding as evidenced today by the graduation of 150 youths who have been rehabilitated and are being reintegrated into the society,” she added.
She assured she would continue to give unflinching support and assistance to every effort being put in place by the state government to address the problem of substance abuse.
While urging the government not to relent in its war against the sale and consumption of illicit drugs, Sambo revealed that through her organisation, named I CARE, 20 youths were rehabilitated and trained at the Kiru Reformatory.
– CAJ News
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