Minister expresses worry over drug abuse among women

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja

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The Nigerian Minister of the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has expressed worry over the increasing involvement of women in drugs abuse in the society.

Malam Bello said this requires a lifetime effort and commitment by all and sundry to mitigate the trend that threatens the survival of the FCT and country at large.

According to him, the development is very frightening, because of the critical position of women, who constitute about 60% of the Nigerian populace.

The Minister stated this in Abuja, during  a One-Day workshop organised by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency,NDLEA, in collaboration with FCTA Social Development Secretariat, SDS,  which had the theme ” women and substance abuse: Implications for building a better society”.

“The problem has to be confronted deep inside our hearts, as it is something that has to be taken as a lifetime battle. We should not be in denial of the menace, hence the need for everyone to be involved in the quest to tackle the problems squarely.Throughout our lives, women have been playing critical role in shaping and advancing the society,” the Minister stated.

The NDLEA Chairman, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), said that the workshop was timely response to the increasing abuse of drugs among women especially in Northern Nigeria.

He said that the development has diminished value and respect of women, calling on stakeholders to help fashion out how to eradicate the scourge.

The NDLEA boss added that “We must do everything humanly possible to curb the menace ravaging the society.”

Also, the Secretary, Social Development Secretariat, Alhaji Oladimeji Ali Hassan, said that through misuse of certain drugs, natural and chemical substances, meant to be of help to mankind, but have caused adverse effects to the society.

He also stressed the need for increased education and awareness campaign on the prevention of drugs abuse in the society.

“Prevention of drugs abuse is the responsibility of all of us. We must all get involved by looking after and educating ourselves and relations. 

 “We must make decision to stay healthy and avoid all forms of drug abuse and wrong use of otherwise safe drugs,” he said.

Confidence Okwuchi