Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has urged Nigerians not to underestimate the consequences of drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking, stressing the need for measures to provide help for users to give up addiction.
To this end, he urged anti-drug initiatives that involve aggressive public education; more defined laws and fostering greater cooperation to counter the menace.
In his message on the International Day Against Drug Abuse, the governor, via a statement issued by the commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammad Garba, the Governor noted that the theme of this year’s observance: “Better Knowledge for Better Care” is apt considering that the public is largely not fully aware of the social implication of drug abuse.
According to Mallam Garba, Ganduje urged an aggressive mainstream and social media campaign against drug abuse in order to bring to fore the impact of the threat that is endangering not only lives, but the economies of some countries.
He added that since inception, his administration has instituted programmes aimed at curtailing abuse of drugs and use of hard drugs which include setting up and streamlining the activities of the state Task Force on Drug Abuse which intercepted and destroyed illicit drugs worth over one billion naira.
Others, he adds, are plans to establish the state Drug Administration Agency which is underway to battle addiction, introduction of compulsory drug tests for political appointees, civil servants and students seeking admission into tertiary institutions.
Ganduje also commended the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for choosing Kano to host its North West zonal Office and appointment of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs), Habeeb Yahaya Hotoro as its coordinating focal person all in recognition of the state government’s relentless war against drug abuse.
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