Osinbajo: We're winning war against drug abuse

27/06/2022 10:38:00 PM

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria is winning the war against drug abuse.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria is winning the war against drug abuse.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria is winning the war against drug abuse. He said this Monday at the occasion of the United Nations (UN) day

ByMon, 27 Jun 2022 20:07:19 GMTVice President Yemi Osinbajo has said Nigeria is winning the war against drug abuse.He said this Monday at the occasion of the United Nations (UN) day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking 2022 themed “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises” held at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Osinbajo, who stated that the days of the scourge of drug abuse and dependency were numbered, however, said that it would involve greater investment in focus and determination for the long haul.He rued the prevailing menace of drug abuse in Nigeria, saying the development showed grave consequences for young people and undermined the security of the country.

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David is just someone who no one knows about and Goliath is a very famous warrior that speaks and everyone listens. But David just called on the God of Israel to fight for him and he took over the throne. If You Osinbanjo can still remember and call on the God of Nigeria.. SusanHenshaw50 He has one presidential candidate in mind...lol

SusanHenshaw50 But your party want to give Drug Baron Presidency?🤔 Drug addiction and trafficking are menace we should fight Drugs isnt our problem Proff. Why are you guys so unconcerned with realities? What is drug doing to us? maybe in his home as a christian father. However, Mr Vice President must know that the trenches and slums are still home to some of the world most dangerous and armful drugs in our society. The slums are in need of help, people are dying of addictions.

It is really important for people to be sensitized on the dangers of drug abuse The effect of drug abuse is very bad. With the right policies in place, we can end drug abuse and trafficking 'We must intensify rehabilitation of drug addicts, because what we are faced with is indeed a public health crisis — a crisis that is taking lives, destroying families and shattering communities.'~PYO

Tell him to stop that, we can't be lying to ourselves

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He said this Monday at the occasion of the United Nations (UN) day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking 2022 themed “Addressing Drug Challenges in Health and Humanitarian Crises” held at the Banquet Hall, Presidential Villa, Abuja. Osinbajo, who stated that the days of the scourge of drug abuse and dependency were numbered, however, said that it would involve greater investment in focus and determination for the long haul. The International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking — or World Drug Day — is celebrated annually on June 26. He rued the prevailing menace of drug abuse in Nigeria, saying the development showed grave consequences for young people and undermined the security of the country. The estimated annual prevalence of drug users in the North-East zone is 13. He added that drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking which had become a global public health and socio-economic challenge placed a huge burden on the Nigeria’s health care system. Advertisement “From your days as an officer of the Nigerian Army and as military administrator of Borno and Lagos States, you have left no one in doubt about your leadership quality, competence, sagacity and ability to optimally deliver on whatever responsibility is thrust on you by society and by God,” the letter reads. Osinbajo said the Federal Government had taken both specific and general actions over the past seven years to control or deal with the menace of illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria in particular. This material, and other digital content on this website, may not be reproduced, published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or in part without prior express written permission from PUNCH.

The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (rtd). “We join the generality of Nigerians to commend your efforts and congratulate you on the occasion of the 2022 United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse for the victories you have won in the fight against drug abuse. In the South-East zone, the prevalence is estimated at 13. while speaking earlier, said it had begun measures aimed at improving access to treatment, care and rehabilitation in order to stave off the public health problems that were drug abuse-related as part of radical reforms in the fight against abuse in the country. He disclosed the arrest of 10 major drug barons with many more on the NDLEA’s watchlist along with their foot soldiers. “You are an asset of inestimable value to Nigeria, the International community and humanity. Marwa said the agency had been involved in a series of training, including the one on Drug Prevention, Treatment and Care (DPTC) for the officers “to refocus from the criminalisation of drug users to provide the full gamut of health services for them. For the South-West, the prevalence of any drug use is nearly twice the national prevalence – an estimated 22.” He said the agency had so far this year counselled and rehabilitated 3, 523 drug users mostly through brief interventions in its facilities.

Marwa, who said the agency had over the past few years focused on the treatment approach of the drug war, added that the NDLEA had set up a helpline and a website will soon be unveiled to scale up the drug war in the country. The NDLEA boss, while commenting on the importance of partnership in fighting the drug scourge in Nigeria, stated that “At NDLEA, we have a sense of urgency in tackling the health consequences of the abuse of illicit drugs, and society is warming up to the idea that together we can end the drug scourge and we hope that the momentum will be maintained. In the South-South zone, it is 16. We appreciate our major stakeholders for their support, thank you very much MTN for always being with us in the struggle to tackle the drug scourge in Nigeria.” On his part, the Chairman, MTN Foundation, Prince Julius Adelusi-Adeluyi, reiterated the importance of advocacy in the fight against substance abuse in Nigeria He said they decided to join the struggle to reduce addiction, drug abuse, substance abuse in Nigeria, having realised that the parents of the many young people who were on drugs were unaware of the development. He assured that they would strategise with NDLEA to sensitise the younger generation on the danger of drug abuse as part of the organisation’s commitment to ensuring a drug-free society. The strong links between drug misuse, crime and terrorism have long been established.

“As an organisation, we will continue to support the NDLEA especially in the area of advocacy. We must continue the talk until such a time when we can say to ourselves, we are making progress,” he said. Goodwill messages were presented by representatives of government agencies and development partners, including the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Nigerian Armed Forces. Drug trafficking helps create and sustain organised crime and terrorism; Nigerian troops raiding hideouts or capturing terrorists and bandits usually recover caches of illicit drugs along with arms and ammunition. The event which was also attended by school children also witnessed the launch of the NDLEA Branded Drug Testing Kits and the presentation of prizes to the winners of an inter-secondary school quiz competition by the Vice President. Dear Reader, Every day, we work hard to provide readers such as you with the most accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive information.

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