Katsina State Government has commended the Federal Government for its recent ban on the local production and importation of codeine as a addictive cough syrup.
Gov. Aminu Masari made the commendation on Thursday in Daura during a one-day zonal roundtable workshop on the phenomenon of drug abuse in the state.
Masari was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Dr Mustapha Inuwa.
He described drug abuse as one of the illicit practices engaged by the youth which ruined their future and send them to the early graves or subject them to mental retardation.
He disclosed that the state government had trained and empowered 1,000 youths on various skills.
The governor called on lawmakers, traditional and religious leaders, parents and wealthy individuals, among other stakeholders, to partner with the state government in curtailing drug abuse, stressing that youth are the leaders of tomorrow.
He described the partnership between the Peace Builders Security Concepts, organisers of the workshop, and the state government in curbing the instances of youth restiveness and drug abuse, as appropriate.