Professor Charles Amoatey, Director, Academy of Leadership and Executive Training of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) has called on students to desist from drug abuse to save their health.
He said drug abuse amongst the youth did not only affect the individual but also had an impact on the socio-economic development of the country and indicated that the youth were the hope and aspiration of the development drive of the country.
The two-day congress dubbed “Resurgence 2022” is on the theme “Divine Empowerment for Intellectuals for Full Resurgence and Global Impact.”
It is aimed at building the capacity of the participants to take advantage of emerging employment, business and investment opportunities to minimize the incidence of drug abuse among young graduates.
It is also to bring future leaders together and deliberate on issues affecting their well-being and draw them closer to God for solutions.
He added that the efficient preparation of graduates for the job market had ushered most of them into abusing drugs and there was a need for a more comprehensive approach to the rising incidence of drug abuse and mental health-related cases among others.
Prof. Amoatey attributed most of the cases to depression, idleness and unemployment saying, “if the youth were engaged in the productive venture, they will not have the desire of abusing drugs which will later deteriorate their health.” campus
He advised students to be innovative and improve on their technological expertise to have competitive over their counterparts.
Prof. Amoatey appealed to the government and other stakeholders to prioritize the provision of psychological services for drug addicts to facilitate their transformation.