Labour leader calls for National Drug Policy

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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Former Labour Party candidate in the 2019 governorship election in Kwara state, Comrade Issa Aremu has called for a National Drug Policy to check the menace of drug abuse by youth in Nigeria.
He appealed to the youth to shun any form of drug abuse as a precondition for healthier and productive life.
He made the appeal on Wednesday in Ilorin, the state capital, in a statement to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse.

Comrade Aremu said abuse of drugs mostly among the vulnerable unemployed youths is fueling criminality and violence of various forms.

He said there was an urgent need for a  new government/community partnership to crack  down on drug trafficking.

The labour leader said the 2018 Global Report on Drug which cited Nigeria and India as countries with growing abuse of dangerous substances like Opium and Tramadol is a rude awakening to halt the growing menace of drug abuse. 

He called for a comprehensive Drug policy for the nation that would emphasize prevention through education among youths, rehabilitation of victims and harsh sanctions for drug peddlers. 

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