Drug abuse, addiction must be fought on home front – UN, NASS, NDLEA

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The United Nations, the National Assembly, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA and other stakeholders have canvassed for the war against drug abuse and trafficking to be fought from the home front.

In different submissions at a national summit organised by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics in collaboration with the National Association of Nigeria Drugs Monitoring, the various stakeholders said the habitual stage of the crime should be curbed at the home front.

The representative of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC, Mr. William Wu, said if there is zero tolerance for drug consumption and abuse by children in all homes, traffickers will not emerge in society.

He said the summit is a proactive step by the stakeholders to curb crime in Nigeria.

“This summit of fighters against drug abuse and trafficking is very apt and proactive.

“The homes should be used as start points of waging the war against the menace through responsible parenting for children by parents.

“The Act upon which the NDLEA is prosecuting the war against drug abuse and trafficking should be reviewed by making provision for more stringent measures and punishment for the crime.

“The UNODC will continue to partner with relevant stakeholders in Nigeria to curb the menace technically and technologically.”

In his submission, the NDLEA Secretary, Shadrack Haruna said the fight should not be left to the agency or government alone.

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“Concerted efforts should be made right from the home fronts to fight the war. NDLEA is trying its best to rid the Nigerian society of drug addicts and traffickers who going by realities on ground, constitute the largest percentage of criminals in the society,” he stressed.

The Comptroller General of Nigeria Correctional Service, Haliru Nababa represented by Yakubu Sylvanus, said 70 to 77% of inmates are involved in drug-related cases, saying “when all are involved in the fight against the menace, there will be decongestion.”

Also speaking, the Director General of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, NAPTIP, Dr. Fatima Waziri advised that technology and the strength of parenting should be deployed to fight the war against drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.

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