Join Us In War Against Drug Abuse, NDLEA Begs NGOs

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NDLEA officers on duty

By; VICTOR DURUMAKU, Owerri

Concerned about the current high rate of consumption of illicit drugs in the country, the National Drugs law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA) has beckoned on non governmental organizations, and corporate bodies to join hands with them in the ongoing war against the canker worm called drug abuse.

According to the NDLEA, these non governmental organizations can put
in their contributions through the organization of public lectures and
other awareness events like seminars and workshops for the various target groups.

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), further believes
that such Non Governmental organizations could establish and run, treatment and rehabilitation centers for dependent persons and also carry out researches on the prevalence of Drug Abuse and trafficking in the country.

Representing the NDLEA of a two day annual capacity building lecture
for the NYSC corps members in Owerri, Friday, the PSO, DDR of the Agency, Margaret Uchenna Nwoko (SN) defined Drug as any chemical substance which when taken in to the body, may modify or after one or more of the body’s functioning.

In a paper titled “woman opposition against terrorism and allied crime
in Nigeria, Margaret Uchenna Nwoko (SN) further said that the Agency, noted that there are related harm and consequences of Drug Abuse.

According to her, dangers inherent in Drug Abuse, are inexhaustible, pointing out that families are the worst hit.
In the consequences of drug abuse because the families suffers the
greatest harm related to substance Abuse.

She maintained that one abuser of a particular drug in the family
creates stress on the other members, pointing out that the role of
other stakeholders, such as the media, religious and traditional
institutions in drug abuse prevention cannot be over emphasized.

The NDLEA, she said believed that, non-governmental organizations can
contribute in drug war by organizing drug abuse awareness lectures,
seminars and workshops for different target groups.

Also representing Imo state government at the occasion, the state
commissioner for labour, empowerment and poverty alleviation,
Nwamerenini Blessing, said that the state government has done a lot in
the area of youth empowerment to arrest youth restiveness and drug
abuse.

According to her, the state government doled out N1, million to each
youth from the 305 political words in the state.

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