The Ghanaian Observer, Monday, July 13, 2009. Page 6 Story by Yahaya Kelven Rashid.

The spiritual leader and chief Imam of the Salawatia Muslim Mission of Ghana, Sheik Husain Rashid Kutubu Zaamani, has made a passionate appeal to parents and security agencies to put their resources together to curb the high usage of illicit drugs by the youth in the Northern Region.

According to him, recent reports indicates that Northern Region and for that matter Tamale is noted of fast becoming the hub of cocaine business.

The spiritual leader lamented that “The future of our youth is in jeopardy unless something concrete is done about this menace”.

Describing the youth in the region as future leaders, he stressed that good guidance by parents and other stakeholders will go a long way to educate the youth in the region not to engaging in this unfortunate practice.

Sheik Kutubu Zaamani, who made this appeal in a telephone interview with GO underscored the need for the security agencies to dissociate themselves from the alleged involvement in the trade of the illicit drugs.

He also called on various religious leaders and bodies in and outside the region to use any medium of communication to addressing this ill-fated practice by the youth in the region.

He disclosed that the future of the nation, which is in the hands of youth, needs to be protected by considering their welfare.

Sheik Kutubu Zaamani also called on the Department of Food and Drugs Board (FDB) to assist in curbing the social canker which can affect future of the youth in the country.