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Government to address illicit drug trade and consumption

13 June 2016, 20:31

Abuja - The Head of the Civil Service, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has said the Federal Government will put in place concerted efforts to rid the country of the peddling and consumption of illegal drugs.

Speaking in Abuja during a courtesy visit by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, led by its Chairman, Joshua Lidani, she raised concern the problem was also causing a spike in violence.

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“It is very critical and the reality on ground is quite disturbing with the rate of crime particularly domestic violence is increasing as a result of the consumption of hard drugs by these youths, the productivity is so low. So something urgent must be done to salvage the situation,” said Oyo-Itta.

She emphasised that the case of consumption of illicit drugs by our unemployed youth is alarming.

Lidani said his agency, vested with the responsibility of fighting the scourge of narcotics and illicit drugs, neededed to boost its manpower and training to combat the rising tide of drugs and narcotics consumption.

He pointed out the abuse of drugs affected the youth, who were the most productive segment of the society.

“The present manpower of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency needs to be strengthened to salvage the country from the negative consequences of illicit drug peddling and consumption,” said Lidani.

- CAJ News

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