The number of drug addicts in Nigeria is 15m - Presidential committee

The number of drug addicts in Nigeria is 15m - Presidential committee

- Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retd) says Nigeria has about 15 million drug addicts

- Marwa is the chairman of Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse

- The retired general made the disclosure when he met with critical stakeholders in Katsina state

Chairman, Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse, Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retd) has said Nigeria has about 15 million drug addicts.

Vanguard reports that the disclosure was made in Katsina state when the retired general met with critical stakeholders.

Legit.ng notes that Marwa said: "The global average rating of drug use and abuse is at five per cent, but in Nigeria, we are at 15 per cent. We have an emergency situation before us regarding the issue of drugs abuse in Nigeria.

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“These prompted the Federal Government to raise the committee to proffer recommendations and steps to be taken to resolve the issue of drug abuse in the country. We started our work since December and finished the plenary and now we are visiting states across the country.”

During a courtesy visit to Governor Aminu Bello Masari of Katsina state, Marwa said: “On the whole, we are facing the supply side of the drugs, in terms of cutting the supply. 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.

According to him, preventive measures must be taken to ensure that those who do not take the drugs remain so.

Marwa said: "We have to interface with esteemed leaders across the country. We feel there ought to be committees on drugs abuse right from the federal to the local governments and across the communities.

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“We do know that the causes of drug abuse include but not limited to poverty, joblessness and idleness which translate to looking for jobs. Rehabilitation and counselling centres are few. We will interface with religious organisations and traditional leaders and also examine the Almajirai situation and embellish it with Western education.

“The Almajirai, in the course of their training, do other things that are not good for them.”

Legit.ng previously reported that the Presidential Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse pledged unwavering support to the National Agency for Food Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on stopping drug abuse in the country.

Brigadier General Buba Marwa (Rtd.), chairman of the committee, made this promise on Wednesday, January 23, in Abuja during a visit to NAFDAC.

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