Abuja - The National Conference Committee on Social Sector has recommended stiffer penalties for persons and corporate bodies that produce, sell or knowingly use fake, adulterated or substandard drugs.
The chairperson of the Committee, Josephine Anenih, said the penalties should include life imprisonment.
Mike Ahamba, an elder statesman in the conference, declared his support for life imprisonment to serve as deterrent to those who indulge in the unwholesome act.
Ahamba, who is a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), emphasised the need for stringent punishment for such persons, describing them as murderers.
Dr Magdalene Dura, a delegate representing Benue, said there was a need to include drug trafficking and drug abuse in the committee’s recommendations as acts that should be punishable.
She called on narcotic and hard drug control agencies to intensify efforts in collaborating with other countries to bring the increasing level of drug trafficking and abuse under control.
She called for "drug education for children in all schools and at home to educate them on proper use of drugs and dangers of drug abuse”.
Esther Andrew, a delegate representing People Living with Disabilities, called for a policy to check herbal drugs, considering the negative impact of such drugs.
She advised Nigerians to cultivate the culture of going for annual check up in order to attend to likely health problems that might affect their lives.
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