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FG intensifies campaign against drug, substance abuse

The Federal Government says there is a need to shun drug abuse and illicit trafficking to improve the physical and psychosocial well-being of Nigerians.

 The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs, Disaster Management and Social Development, Dr. Nasir Sani Gwarzo stated this at a sensitization and awareness campaign to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse with the theme: “Working Together to Enable a Drug-Free Community” in Nasarawa state.

 The Permanent Secretary, represented by the Director, Legal Services of the Ministry, Mr. Garba Haganawega said there was the need to inculcate a holistic approach to combat drug abuse in the curriculum of educational institutions to reshape the mindset of children.

The Director-General, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, General Buba Marwa represented by the Principal Staff Officer Training, FCT Command, Mr. Nduka Augustine emphasized that statistics proved that not less than 14.3 million Nigerians abuse drugs and substances which had, however, retarded the socioeconomic development of the country.

The Principal, Government Day Secondary School Masaka, Mrs. Auta Rosemary stressed the need for parent to caution their wards on the danger inherent in drugs and illicit abuse in the country.

 The Centre for Ethical Rebirth Among Nigeria Youth’s drama troupe, however, educated the students on the causes and precarious effects of drug abuse on their mental health and growth.

Reporting by Chinasa Ossai, editing by Daniel Adejo