Anti-drug abuse studies to be introduced in schools

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is collaborating with the ministry of education and the United Nations to introduce anti-drug abuse studies in Nigerian primary and secondary schools.
The chairman of NDLEA, Muhammad Abdallah who stated this at a media briefing in Abuja said the move is to increase awareness on dangers of drug abuse.
Mr Abdallah who was speaking ahead of the this year’s international day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking said the introduction of the anti-drug abuse studies in primary and secondary schools would expose children to the effect of drug abuse and trafficking.
Abdallah explained that the agency had strengthened surveillance on drug traffickers across the country which had led to the arrest of over 8,000 suspects.
“Let me assure Nigerians that this administration is determined to deliver a positive narrative on drug control. The agency arrested a total of 8257 suspected drug traffickers.”
He said.
The country representative, United Nations Office for Drug and Crime, Cristina Albertin said a master plan has been developed to enhance the fight against drug abuse in the country.
“Our role as a UN agency is basically to help governments to strengthen their capacities in dismantling drug cartels. We strengthen their capacities in the investigation of crime, in the prosecution of crimes, and also finally in the eradication of the crimes.”
She said.
Albertin who noted that drug control was a shared responsibility called on all stakeholders to work towards addressing the menace.

Mebeka Madu

Mebeka Madu is a news editor for ezeja and is based in Enugu. Contact Mebeka at mebeka@ezeja.com.