FOMWAN calls for arrest, prosecution of drug hawkers to curtail drug abuse

Federation of Muslim Women of Nigeria, FOMWAN, has called on governments at all levels to arrest and prosecute drug hawkers to curtail drug misuse and abuse in the society.

The association in conjunction with Al-hidayah charity organization also called on government to strictly supervise the sales of drugs in pharmaceutical stores in the country to prevent selling of control drugs to children.

Speaking at a retreat organized to sensitize youth and the community at Rigasa, lgabi local government area of Kaduna State, the Health Chairperson to the association, Pharmacist Aisha Ishaq Tukur, said it was imperative for government to impose a ban on drug hawkers for a total clampdown on drug abuse in the country.

According to her, “Communities should be conscious of who is opening drug store within their vicinity. We are also calling on schools to check their students while they are in school.”

Speaking to journalists shortly after the retreat, the secretary of Al-hidaya Charity Organization, Hajiyah Zainab Aliyu Garba, said the menace of drug abuse calls for stakeholders and community involvement, stressing that the influence of drug abuse is beyond parental control.

While asserting that an idle man is a devil’s workshop, she explained that the organisation had completed plans to empower some jobless youths as a way of curbing the menace of drug abuse.

According to her, the organization at the event had collected the contact address of the youths with a view to gathering them for sensitisation, while arrangements have been made to empower them financially and in acquisition of useful skills.

Meanwhile, FOMWAN also celebrated World Hijab Day, calling on all Muslim women and children to embrace the wearing of hijab for covering and protection of their bodies, as prescribed by the religion of Islam.

According to the body’s leader from Kaduna chapter, Hajiya Badiyat Sa’eed Sodangi, the adoption of Hijab usage among adolescent Muslim girls and women would curtail social vices, particularly the prevention of men from falling into temptation upon sighting women, once their body is not properly covered.

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