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We’ve destroyed 89,652, seized 2,528 kilograms of illicit drugs within a year—NDLEA
By Oke Eguriase
THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Delta state recently, said the Command has within 2018 and mid 2019, publicly destroyed a total of 89,652.84 and seized 2,528.47 kilograms of illicit drugs.
The Delta state commander, Hon. Obiefule Dennis Chidi disclosed this in Ughelli North local government area of Delta state during the grand finale of the 2019 United Nation international day against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Delta State Command has remained committed to addressing the drug problem in Delta state and that apart from what they have seized and destroyed, the command had also destroyed a total of 13.5 acres of Cannabis Sativa farms within same period.
Obiefule who stated that the situation over the use of drugs in Nigeria has become worrisome and to address the drug problem, the command has secured a total of 24 convicted persons while in the area of drug reduction, the command in collaboration with the Delta state Drug Control Committee, made remarkable progress in drug abuse preventive education.
He said a total of two hundred and fifty three teachers drawn from two hundred and fifty three secondary schools across the state were sensitized on the consequences of drugs abuse, pointing out that fifty three of these schools have established free clubs.
Speaking further, he explained that drug abuse awareness campaigns were carried out at schools, NYSC, orientation camp, worship centers, work places and some communities in the state, but said the command is constrained by none availability of drug treatment and rehabilitation center in the state.
While speaking on the theme of the 2019 world drug day, “Health for Justice, Justice for Health”, he stressed that both justice and health are two sides of the same coin that aimed at addressing the problem in the society.
He noted that for effective solution to drug menace, that justice and health institutions need to work closely together saying it is the only way drugs abuse and illicit drugs trafficking can be controlled and prevented in the society.
The guest speaker, Professor Ray Ozolue who delivered a lecture on the topic: “Consequences of Drug Abuse and Trafficking,” pointed out that, apart from the known drugs, there are other substances worse than drugs that are also abused.
Prof Ozolue in his lecture advised NDLEA to lay more emphasis on prevention than punishing drugs addicts, as he urged students and youths to totally abstain from drug abuse and illicit drugs trafficking.
He stated that illicit drugs and substance abuse are harmful to human health and dangerous to the society in general, saying that schools should be encouraged to establish drug abuse club for sensitizing of students as they are more attractive to than adults.
Prof Ozolue who stated that drug abuse and drug trafficking victims are mostly caused by friends influence, parental up bringing and lack of government control measure and advised that all hands must be on deck.