The Federal Government has called competent bodies to accelerate the speed in battling drug abuse among youth in the country to put them on the right path to developing the right attitude in the society.

MR Ayodele Olawande,The Minister of State in the Ministry of Youth Development, made the call during a working visit to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Abuja.

He confirmed that that the ministry intends to establish an institution that would be known as the Nigerian Youth Academy (NIYA).

To achieve this, he confirmed that youths trained in different fields that puts them away from drug abuse and crime.

He further stated that“The youths are more concerned with following trends. It is now time for the youth to stop following unproductive trends and start thinking and working.

“We will use the corp members as a force to engage society at large, especially secondary school students, to curb drug abuse, corruption, and cybercrime,” he said.

He further asserted that it is time that society paid attention to the youth and provide them with necessary trainings and opportunities.

The minister called on the UN to collaborate with the government to establish the Nigerian Youth Academy, ensuring that the youths were fully engaged.

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