Upper East marks International Youth Day

By Samuel Akapule/
Agana Blaise, GNA

Bolgatanga, Aug.
30, GNA – The Upper East Region has marked this year’s International Youth Day
with a call on all stakeholders to help curb alcohol and drug abuse among the

Mr Abaa Roger
Atambire, the founder of Life Out of Alcohol and Drugs(LOAD-Ghana), in a
keynote address, said alcohol and drug abuse among the youth in the region and
the entire country is a major threat to national development.

Mr Atambire was
speaking on the topic: “Eradicating Alcoholism and Drug Abuse among the
Youth and Empowering them to contribute productively towards the development of
Ghana”, at a function in Bolgatanga to mark the day.

He expressed regret
that Ghana lacked data on alcohol and drug abuse cases and urged the National
Youth Authority (NYA) to facilitate the development of data on alcohol and drug
abuse to help in the fight.

Mr Atambire said
young people who are alcohol and drug addicts were at risk of contradicting
HIV/AIDS and other STI’s since they may not take the needed caution in using

“It is rather
unfortunate that many families become frustrated and disappointed with their
relatives who become alcoholic and drug addicts. They should be given a second
chance”, Mr Atambire said.

He said there is
the need for government and all stakeholders in the youth development sector to
treat drug addicts with care as they only needed rehabilitation for their

He said LOAD- Ghana
which is a Non-Governmental Origination, is committed to achieving a drug free
society and to manage (and rehabilitate) those who were already enslaved by
alcohol and drugs.

“Through advocacy programmes,
LOAD- Ghana has been organizing talks, forums and durbars to preach about the
dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse to the youth”, the founder of LOAD- Ghana

Mr Alosibah Azam,
the Upper East Regional Population Officer, expressed worry about the upsurge
of teenage pregnancies and abortions in the region and called on parents,
teachers and other stakeholders to help address the problem.     

Mr Kwaku Godrick,
Deputy Director of the National Commission For Civic Education, called on the
youth to avoid selfish politicians who might seek to cause trouble in the
forthcoming general elections.

The occasion which
was organized by the NYA under the theme “The Road to 2030: Eradicating
Poverty and Achieving Sustainable Production and Consumption”, attracted
stakeholders including youth groups, civil society organizations and state


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