Nigerians into drugs and substance abuse have turned into local substance and concoction for used to satisfy compliment imported ones.
This was discovered during the lockdown orchestrated by covid-19 pandemic, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has revealed.
The Deputy state commander Admin and logistics, NDLEA Kaduna command, Mr. Uche Ike made the revelation on during a courtesy call by the Eye Opener Youths and Women Foundation, in commemoration of the 2020 global drugs free day celebration coming up on 26th June.
The deputy commander said, drug abusers changed the tactics of taken into the substance and concoction because of lack of the usual movement and access to imported drugs due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
Ike also noted that it’s not possible for officers of the Agency to be everywhere at the same times, and therefore advised parents, guidance and community leaders to look inward and help the agency in checking the abuse and use of concoction.
He also stated that the responsibility of curbing drug abuse is difficult and so enormous, adding no amount of money required from government would be enough to savage the country’s situation.
The deputy commander therefore commended the eye opener Foundation and expressed the determination of the agency to collaborate with it on the fight against drugs and susbtance abuse menace and call on other organizations to imbibe the gesture and support in the fight.
Earlier, the President of the Eye opener women and youth foundation Mrs. Magret Julius reiterated the commitment to her foundation to partners with NDLEA in its fight against drugs Abuse amongst youth in the community.
She said the foundation is set to reach out to youth confused and rejected ,hopeless and destitute youth and women in the community.
“Thereby creating awareness teaching and reformation, while empowerment training is given to them so that they can become better in the society,” she said.
She explained that one of their important program is war against drugs abuse and dangerous smoking addiction.
According to her ‘our fight is against drugs and we are determine to fight it in the community and to the victims against it.
“By pulling them out ,reformed and empower them so that they can become what they are suppose to be in the community” she said.
According to her , drugs abuse is an epidemic which comes as an helper that is never a helper and never solve any problem,
“Our fight is a good fight their by helping the future leaders ” she said.
She said it is important to study the life of the youth”, she said, adding that according to research, 70 per cent of the youth life is not secured right from family setting,
“Our work is to go to the root of the problems and we are all ready to collaborate with like minded people to get back the youth on the right part
She stressed that the NGO will continue to work to make Nigeria free of drug abuse. while calling on all Nigerians to put hands on deck on the fight against drugs abuse.
Mr Ike who represented the state commander Mohammed Abdullahi said their interest has been in saniterzation of the community in Nigeria as a whole to be drug free.
“And we can not be in all places at a time where all this things are happening that’s why we are collaborating with all ministries ,NGOs and community leaders and groups ” he said.
While calling on parent to watch out for their children., saying “that they have started devising another means of mixing up substance which where not even abuse before during the lock down because they couldn’t get to the ones they are used to within lockdown.
“As you interact with community, as family, try to find out some changes and fight them and tell them this will not make a good person in future if they tour in the way of abusing drugs.
He stressed that NDLEA welcome collaboration from Eye opener in trying to help in war against drugs abuse being a community base group which are closer to the people and knows more.
“The visit was to show signed of synergy through which will be succeeding ,we want to tell you that we can’t do it alone.
According to him, drug abuse is a serious matter that if people are left on attended to will create more danger in the society.
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