The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says to build a safer and healthy society, there has to be an elimination of drug abuse.
The Director of Training NDLEA Dr. Kolo Jonah stated this on Tuesday at a National Discourse organised as part of the activities marking the Federal Ministry of Health 2021 Drug Abuse Sensitisation week.
Dr. Jonah said in the last 6 months the agency has recorded seizures of narcotic substances worth more than 100 billion naira including a single seizure of 30 billion naira worth of cocaine at the Murtala International Airport.
He said the record is still on and that the agency is determined to do what it takes in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders to ensure that Nigeria becomes a drug free country to an extent.
Dr. Jonah said the activities of illicit drugs has proven to weaken the socio cultural bonds that one’s promote peace and security in our community.
He said the scourge of drug abuse globally is at an alarming rate noting that all hands must on deck in order to terminate the scourge of drug Abuse in our country.
He said there is no where in the world where it is possible to reduce crime rate to 0% adding that as an agency they have resolved to do what ever it takes within the provisions of the law to reduce the activities of illicit drug coordination, trafficking, storage, distribution and consumption in Nigeria.
He said the sensitisation project is a complementary project and that it is also a project that is repositioning their activities to ensure drug activities is reduced to the barest minimum in Nigeria.
He further assured that they are committed to being a partner to all stakeholders to do whatever they can to ensure that we all have healthier and safer communities across Nigeria.
He encouraged Nigerians to give their maximum support to ensure that we build a safer and drug free country.