The National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other sister organisations have been advised to stem up their games and adopt preventable measures in tackling drug abuse in Kwara State.
The State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed gave the advice while speaking at this year’s United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking held in Ilorin on Tuesday.
Governor Ahmed said “all stakeholders must get involved in getting rid of the menace of drug abuse.”
He particularly charged parents to take control of the lives of their children by not allowing drugs to control them.
” Kwara State is concerned about the level of drug abuse in the society and would not relent in giving it the seriousness it deserves.
“Therefore, I urge the Drug Control Committee to sustain its sensitisation programmes and mobilisation in checking drug abuse,” the Governor stated.
The State Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Barrister Ona Ogilegwu urged parents and guardians to be wary of what their children and wards do as well as consume, to save them from getting involved in drug abuse.
Barrister Ogilegwu said the NDLEA collaboration with the state’s Drug Control Committee was yielding positive results and promised to sustain the partnership to achieve desired outcome.
The NDLEA boss appealed to people who use drug to come forward for counseling and rehabilitation, saying that “staying drug free is far better than treating the effects of drugs.”
Barrister Ogilegwu called on stakeholders and the media to partner with the NDLEA in reaching out to the public on drug abuse and effects of illicit drugs.
The Chairperson, State Drug Control Committee, Mrs. Risikat Lawal had said that the state government inaugurated the committee to among other things, create awareness among the populace about the danger inherent in illicit drug abuse and to fast track help for the people who use drug.
Voice of Nigeria reports that security officers, members of civil society organisations, youth representatives, students, Pharmacists and corps members attended the event.
The theme for this year’s United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking is ‘Listen first’.