Governor of Kano State Dr. Umar Abdullahi Ganduje says plans are underway to begin compulsory drug tests for political office holders, civil servants and students seeking admission into tertiary institutions in the state.
The plan is aimed at sanitising the system as well as rehabilitating victims of illicit drug use in the state.
Governor Ganduje made the declaration to mark the United Nations’ 2020 Drug-Free Day event with the theme ”Better knowledge for better care”, which emphasises the need to improve understanding of the world drug problems.
Ganduje also emphasised the need for measures to provide help for illicit drug users to give up their addiction.
He urged the society not to underestimate the consequences of drug and illicit trafficking, therefore called for anti-drug initiatives that involve aggressive public education, more defined laws, and fostering greater cooperation to counter the menace.
“I urged for an aggressive mainstream and social media campaign against drug abuse in order to bring to fore the impact of the threat that is endangering not only lives but the economies of some countries,” said Ganduje.
He added that since inception, his administration has instituted programmes aimed at curtailing abuse of drugs and use of hard drugs which include setting up and streamlining the activities of the state Task Force on Drug Abuse which intercepted and destroyed illicit drugs worth over one billion naira.
The Governor commended the UNDP for choosing Kano to host it’s North West, Zonal Office and the appointment of a Special Adviser to the Kano state government on Sustainable Development Goals.
The Governor’s message was contained in a release signed by the Kano state Commissioner for Information comrade Mohammed Garba.