The National Council of Women Societies, NCWS, has called for partnership between the leading women body and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA to stop drug abuse among the female gender in the country.
National President of the Council, Dr. Gloria Laraba made the call when she led some national officers of NCWS on a visit to the Chairman of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohammed Marwa (Rtd) in Abuja.
Dr. Gloria Laraba said there was the urgent need for partnership with the Agency to salvage the development.
“It’s unfortunate that women now hold drug parties where each one brings her own illicit drug and from the collection, they produce a cocktail of illicit substances to get high. At the NCWS, we are worried by this and that’s why we have come to seek partnership with NDLEA in view of the recent excellent work being done by the General Marwa new leadership of the Agency”. Dr. Gloria Laraba maintained.
In his response, General Marwa noted that NCWS was central to the ongoing drug demand reduction and supply control efforts in Nigeria.
“I m happy you have structures down to the local governments and communities because we have almost 15 million drug users and one in four is a woman. Women are central to the home and whatever they do have consequences on the entire family structure”. He noted.
General Marwa gave the assurance that the Agency will intensify its advocacy for drug test in schools as part of deterrence measures.
Reporting by Nosa Aituamen; Edited by Adeniyi Bakare