Abuja – Director of Technical Services, Nigeria Drug Agency(NDLEA), Mr. Ahmed Suleiman Ningi, has called for collective efforts of all Nigerians to check the menace of drug abuse and its effects.
Ningi made the call the International Day against drug abuse and drug trafficking and anti-substance abuse programme organised and held on Wednesday in Abuja by NDLEA in partnership with MTN Foundation. Cannabis
The theme of this year’s celebration is ‘Justice For Health; Health For Justice: Working Together For A Drug Free Nation’.
Ningi said there was an urgent need for everyone to join hands to deal with the menace of drug abuse and human trafficking in the society.
“Drug abuse is a big problem that we all need to solve. It’s not endless problem, so let’s everybody come together form a common signage and fight this menace called drug abuse and drug trafficking. We should kill it, before it kills all of us”, he said.
He called on all Nigerians to unite to combat the menace, saying that the agency is looking forward to a drug-free population and nation.
Meanwhile, in his address, Chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius-Adelusi Adeluyi called on all corporate bodies to step up advocacy against sales and uses of illegal drugs and substance in order to curb the menace of drug abuse in the country.
He commended the efforts of the Federal Government so far in curbing the menace of drug abuse especially and called for intensified efforts to rid the society of the menace.
According to him, drug abuse isn’t just a Northern problem. The issue has escalated into the Six geopolitical zones and this development needs urgent attention as the lives of our youths, women and children are at stake.
He said that the call on corporate bodies to step up their efforts at tackling the issues of illegal drugs and substance abuse was necessitated by the rising records of cases.
He went further to emphasize that curbing this menace is not enough. Showing care for those who are drug dependent is paramount. It is easier to do drugs but difficult in getting out of drugs.
He says, “We need to embark on a robust awarenesses to ensure everyone in the country is well informed, educated and rehabilitated.
” We cannot achieve all these alone. We need cooperation from medical and professional bodies.
“We all have a collective responsibility. We need to ensure the public knows there is a better alternative to doing drugs,” he said.
Similarly, Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Col. Muhammad Abdallah, noted that ignorance was not an excuse for substance abuse.
According to him, the agency had been in the forefront of advocacy against drug abuse and commemoration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking
Abdallah added that the agency had also used the day to highlight the dangers of drug use and the illegal drug trade and provide educational materials to stakeholders all over Nigeria.
“We have used this day to amplify the message about the extreme cultural and economic harm the trade in drugs is still doing across the globe.
“We have also used it to sensitise government at all levels to intensify their efforts at combating both drug demand and supply and improving access to treatment for addicts,” he said.
Abdallah reiterated commitment towards curbing the menace of drug abuse, saying that the agency would not relent until the country was free of drugs and other forms of social vices.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari, for approving the immediate recruitment in 2019 of 5,000 new personnel out of the 15, 000 personnel earlier approved for the Agency in 2016.
Pamela Ogwata reports.