By Bashir Bello
KATSINA – As the Tafsir lectures kick-start to usher in the muslim month of Ramadan, Fasting period, Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina State has on Sunday told Islamic clerics to use their trafsir lectures to preach and wage war against drug abuse.
Governor Masari made the call at the Closing Ceremony of a 3-day refresher course organized by Jama’atul Izalatil Bid’ah Wa Iqamatus Sunnah, JIBWIS, for Islamic clerics and Ulamas that would conduct this year’s Tafsir in the holy month of Ramadan.
The Governor said Ramadan tafsir is the best avenue to start waging war against drug abuse and illicit trafficking In the state and the country at large.
According to him, “Consider the atmosphere of the country and conduct this year’s tafsir to reflect on the prevailing drug abuse in the society.
“The drug related problems poses a lot of dangers. The problem is more disturbing as it cut across so many things, security wise, penetrated girls schools and matrimonial homes.
“Also use the avenue to remind parents to live up to their responsibilities of monitoring children from primary to university level and afterwards.
“The need for monitoring of youths to prevent the society from drifting into a barbarian one,” the Governor said.
In another development and flagging off of distribution of empowerment items to 500 widows and educational support to 200 orphans, organized by Gwagware Women Empowerment Network, Governor Masari urged the youths and women to desist from drug abuse saying intake of drug abuse has a multiplier effects.
He said the effects doesn’t stop on the woman alone but would have negative consequences on the upbringing of their children.
Governor Masari urged the women to do away with drug abuse while also enjoining them to judiciously put to use items distributed to them in order to become employers of labour and replicate same gesture to their communities in the nearest future.
Earlier, the founder of the group and Director General of SMEDAN, Dr. Dikko Umar Radda said the empowerment programmes was to alleviate and improve the livelihood of the women and orphans in the state.
Radda called on the wealthy and well to do in the society to emulate the gesture in order to touch lives positively.
The Gwagware group however trained the widows in various skills such as knitting, poultry just as it distributed items such knitting machine, chics for poultry, 340 bags of rice, 68 bags of sugars and 34 dozens of mats to orphans across the 34 local government areas in the state.