The Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, Brigadier Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa yesterday in Katsina declared that Nigeria has about 15 million drug addicts out of her estimated population of about 150 million people
Marwa, who described the development as alarming, further put the global average rating of drug use and abuse at five per cent, while the rating for Nigeria was put at 15 percent
The Former Lagos State Military Administrator had earlier led members of his committee led members of his committee to the Katsina Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He said “We have an emergency situation before us regarding the issue of drugs abuse in Nigeria, the Federal Government decided to raise the committee to proffer recommendations and steps to be taken to resolve the issue of drug abuse in the country’’.
Also while on a courtesy call on Governor Aminu Bello Masari, the Chairman told the Governor that the committee commenced its work last December.
According to him, “we started our work since December and finished the plenary and now we are visiting states across the country.
“On the whole, we are facing the supply side of the drugs, in terms of cutting the supply because you must have drugs first before the abuse.
“The government agencies involved need to be strengthened to be able to carry out their functions effectively and the demand side appears to be more difficult to handle.”
“We also need to take preventive measures to ensure that those who do not take the drugs remain so. We have to interface with esteemed leaders across the country. We feel that there ought to be committees on drugs abuse right from the federal to the local governments and across the communities.”