War Against Drug Abuse: Group Commends NDLEA DG, Calls for More Sensitization Programs
The Director General of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Retired General Buba Marwa, has been commended for the numerous feats achieved by the anti-drug agency in the past few years.
Comrade Ibrahim Olayiwola, Convener of the Anti Drug Abuse Club, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) established to draw the attention of the populace, particularly youths and school children, to the dangers of drug abuse in the country, issued the commendation in a media statement.
The group lauds General Marwa’s leadership in leading NDLEA in its aggressive war against drug abuse, describing it as unprecedented in the country. Comrade Olayiwola particularly hails Marwa for the arrest of a drug baron linked to a senior police officer in Nigeria. He charges the DG not to relent in its efforts, noting that Nigerians are with him in this herculean task.
Olayiwola: Convener, Anti-Drug Abuse Club
The anti-drug abuse club also commends the federal government for giving tactical support to the NDLEA. In his statement made available to Security Monitor, Olayiwola appreciates President Mohammadu Buhari for providing technological tools to enhance the operations of the agency.
The Anti-Drug Abuse Club was established on February 13, 2022 to encourage both youths and adults on the need to shun abuse of drugs and addiction to illicit substances, which is in tandem with the goals of the Director General of NDLEA, Gen. Bubar Marwa.
Olayiwola noted that his group is informed by the seal of General Marwa-led NDLEA to provide more enlightenment and education on factors that constitute drug abuse and how to do away with it.
The Anti-Drug Abuse Club has set aside numerous educative projects to provide periodic virtual lectures, symposiums, and conferences to schools, organizations, and groups on drug addictions, drug abuse, their health and social implications, and the position of the law on certain drugs.
It is imperatively on record that a high rate of drug abuse and drug addiction exists among Nigerian youths. Olayiwola, however, calls for more education on drug abuse as he urges the federal government, agencies such as the NDLEA and others to partner with NGOs so as to help curb the menace of drug abuse and drug addictions by the “Catch Them Young” project of the Anti-Drug Abuse Club.
“We are visiting both primary and secondary schools, inviting hotel owners, in order to not allow lodgers who imbibe in drugs and sell drugs in their terrain, create awareness to educate them morally, host town hall meetings, sensitization programs, and print flyers in an attempt to educate the populace on the dangers of drug abuse and drug addiction.”
The group enjoins all members of the public to provide useful information to the drug agencies, NDLEA, on any environment where such a black spot of drugs is spotted and not to harbour them.