Ministry prepares strategic plan to reduce vulnerability of youth for exotic cultural influence, addictive substances

Addis Ababa, December 19, 2017 (FBC) –The Ministry of Youth and Sports of Ethiopia said it has prepared a five-year strategic plan that could help reduce the vulnerability of the youth for addictive substances and exotic cultural influence.

This was announced today at a discussion forum organized in Adama city, Oromia regional state, to deliberate on ways to produce an ethical youth.

Ristu Yirdaw, Minister of Youth and Sports, told FBC that the strategic plan mainly focuses on building more youth centers, creating employment opportunities and raising awareness of the youth on the impact of drug addiction. 

According to him, failure to enforce regulation on addictive substances and alien cultural influences, lack of alternative youth centers and abundant circulation of addictive substances have been affecting the youth.

The new strategic plan would, therefore,  help to formulate new laws if necessary, address youth unemployment, establish youth rehabilitation centers as well as raise awareness of the youth, the Minister indicated.

Participants of the forum for their parts pledged to contribute their share to produce drug-free and productive youth.