8 April 2021 By Georgina Humphrey
Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku has called on Governors of the 19 Northern States to support their wives in the fight against drug addiction and rehabilitate victims.
Gov Ishaku made the call when he received a delegation of Wives of Northern States Governors Forum led by Dr Aminat Bello, wife of the Niger State Governor, in Jalingo.
The Governor who described drug abuse in the country particularly in the North as endemic and alarming said the role being played by the Northern Governors Wives Forum was noble and must be encouraged.
He called on Governors in the region to support the Forum to encourage them to do more for their states.
Governor Ishaku commended the Forum for their unique approach towards tackling the problem of drug abuse and the achievements recorded so far.
In her address, the chairperson of the Forum, Dr Aminat Bello, said the Forum’s approach of sensitising and rehabilitating drug addicts has given hope to thousands of youths in the North.
She explained that they were in Taraba State to support the efforts of Mrs. Anna Darius Ishaku, wife of the state Governor, in rehabilitating victims of drug abuse.
In her opening address, Mrs. Anna Ishaku said drug abuse was partly responsible for most of the crimes threatening the country today and called for support against it.
Mrs Ishaku who thanked members of the Forum for coming to Taraba State to support her efforts at curbing drug addiction also acknowledged the role of her husband, Gov Ishaku, the Deputy Governor of Taraba State, Mr. Haruna Manu and many other officials of the State for supporting her project.
Mrs.Ishaku had raised funds and built a rehabilitation centre and handed it over to the State Government.