By Abdurahaman Ahmed Bundi
The abuse of an illicit drugs has for many years occupied most national discourse, especially with the recent demolution of the famous premier cinema by the authorities, it is pertinent for me to write on it. Would the commencement of the demolition of premier cinema dismantle this old tradition that is generally seen as a threat to the state?
The attitude of the society towards these
dangerous act is a complex paradox. Some treat them with contempt and exploit them,while others supply them with substance or after using them to run errands. This probably accounts for why most homes within the vicinity of the said structure engage the services of these vibrant young men on daily basis.
Former Premier Cinema which has been one of the most oldest and Popular Narcotic Hub in Maiduguri has finally been crushed as Governor Shettima plans to build a model school with a view to not only curtailing the menace of “Substance Abuse/Addiction among the vulnerable youths within, but also to provides the environs accessible education to their door step.
Young people who persistently abuse substances often experience an array of problems, including academic difficulties, health-related problems (including mental health), poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. Additionally, there are consequences for family members, the community, and the entire society.
The social and economic costs related to youth drug abuse are high. They result from the financial losses and distress suffered by alcohol and drug related crime victims, increased burdens for the support of adolescents and young adults who are not able to become self-supporting, and greater demands for medical and other treatment services for these youth (Ashton, 1987). NDLEA operatives towards fighting the menace of illicit drugs production, circulation, marketing and consumption, more people are being recruited daily by drug barons to serve as couriers just as many more, especially youths are increasingly becoming addicted to assorted drugs.
A committee established by the State Government on drug abuse, identified it as a major hub of drug peddlers. In fact the NDLEA has regularly complained about that location. Hence, this decision is to the best interest of the people of Borno state.