The 19 northern states in Nigeria have been called to check the prevalence of drug abuse in the region through the use of common strategies to curb the production, trafficking and consumption of the illicit drugs.
Drug-Free Arewa Movement (DFAM), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), made the call in a communique issued at the end of a 2-day anti-drug abuse leadership summit organised by DFAM in Kaduna.
The communique added that State governments should provide functional rehabilitation centers and devise well-planned reintegration technique for repentant and rehabilitated addicts.
It also urged the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to step up community relations and community information sharing to enable it seize properties acquired through drug trafficking.
The communique read by the Lead Convener, Ibrahim Yusuf, said the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) should adopt an intervention line that encompasses comprehensive education for long-term empowerment of youth and general public to counter drug abuse.
It suggested close collaboration in the fight against drug abuse involving relevant government departments, the media, NGOs, relevant professionals, religious and traditional leaders, parents and institutional leaderships.
“Federal Government should quickly implement the Presidential Advisory Committee on Eradication of Drug Abuse in Nigeria report,” it stressed.
According to the communique, drug abuse has had negative effects on Northern region’s economic, social and cultural values and remains a threat to the security of the region.
It also called on governors in the region, traditional rulers and other stakeholder to re-strategize towards reducing drug abuse and trafficking to the barest minimum.
“We call for the incorporation of the aspirations of this communique into the regional and National plans. We are committed to fulfilling the aspirations of this communique and make the North and Nigeria a better place we all desire. With our voices and collective action, we the youths of Northern Nigeria, can make a huge positive difference” it added.