NDLEA: FG To Establish Drug Rehabilitation Centres Across 6 Geopolitical Zones – Marwa

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa has said that the federal government is making efforts to establish drug rehabilitation centres in the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria.
The NDLEA boss made this assertion at the launch of War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, Major General Muhammadu Buhari in commemoration of the United Nations International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking at the State House, Abuja yesterday.
Marwa explained that when these centres are established, it will enhance access to treatment and reintegration of treated drug users back to their families and the societies.
The NDLEA chairman also said this will address the shortage of treatment centres for people with drug use disorder, adding that drug problem has a public health dimension that recognises the need for treatment, rehabilitation and general care for People Who Use Drugs (PWUD).
“While Nigeria presently has a shortage of treatment centres for people with drug use disorder, the Federal Government is making efforts at ensuring that drug rehabilitation centres are available across the six geopolitical zones,” he said.
Marwa added “To standardise our counseling services in the NDLEA, a Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines document for drug counsellors was produced with the support of UNODC. The document will be used by NDLEA counsellors and health care providers across the country to provide support to individual drug users who seek help.
“I am also glad to announce that the President, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces, will launch the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) and the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) 2021-2025 today.”
The chairman, NDLEA explained that WADA is not a mantra but a further demonstration of President Buhari’s willingness to address the drug problems holistically, adding that the NDCMP 2021-2025 also provides the road map for guiding collaborative national activities and interventions, with the main objective to improve health and security for all persons living in Nigeria.
It is worthy of note that 26 June of every year is a day set aside by nations of the world to re-invigorate efforts aimed at sensitizing the general populace, especially youths, on the dangers associated with the cultivation, manufacture, trafficking and abuse of illicit drugs.
“Our efforts have yielded positive results. The numbers have been impressive: over 2,180 traffickers arrests, including five drug barons controlling different cartels across Nigeria; a record 2.05 million kilograms of drugs intercepted and seized across the country; 2,100 drug offenders prosecuted with 500 jailed by courts, and a total cash and drugs seizure valued at over ninety billion naira (N90 billion),” Marwa said.
The NDLEA boss added “While the statistics are impressive, we wouldn’t deceive ourselves that we have succeeded in cleaning the Augean Stable in five months. We have only made a head start. We need to sustain the momentum. We need to win the drug war. We cannot afford to be complacent.
“Officers and men of the NDLEA have a collective resolution to clean up Nigeria and make our country drug free. And in this campaign, we are tackling the scourge of drug abuse and trafficking on all fronts.”
Marwa said in addition to the arrest and prosecution of drug offenders, NDLEA have worked out intensive drug abuse awareness and sensitization programmes targeting different groups, with an emphasis on youths.
In this regard, the NDLEA boss said his administration has thrown the door open to all for partnership in the fight against abuse of illicit substances.
“It is to this end that we have set up a Special Purpose Committee to involve stakeholders in the cause.
“I have also embarked on an advocacy drive to governors, opinion and community leaders, faith-based organisations and the like. Today, I am seizing this opportunity to urge everyone to muster the moral fibre to complement the NDLEA effort in the war against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking. Cooperate with us to spread the message,” he said.
Marwa thanked President Buhari for the supports he has given NDLEA in the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking.

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