The Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA) has began their mission from the Southwest Nigeria.
The committee, chaired brigadier-General Muhammed Buba Marwa (rtd) and wife of Nigeria’s Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, Dolapo said the survey by the United Nations Office on Drug Control (UNODC) reports high prevalence of drug abuse.
Speaking on behalf the committee, the Director of Public Affairs in the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC),
Alhaji Abubakar Jimoh said the report showed Nigeria has a national average of 14.4 per cent prevalence, which triples the world average of 5.6%
According to the report, Oyo (22%) is second to Lagos State with the highest figure of 33%.
Describing drug scourge as hydra-headed, Alhaji Abubakar, was hopeful that the menace was not insurmountable considering the caliber of people in the Committee headed by General Marwa, whose antecedents in Lagos speaks for itself. His Operation Sweep and successful military career, are strong pointers to the fact that PACEDA is a serious-minded and achievement-oriented Committee.
“I am very happy that General Marwa had accepted the challenge with the proposed launch of War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), which will further amplify and accentuate the Youth Against Drug Abuse (YADA) programme launched last December in Kano by Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Christianah Adeyeye.
“The combined forces of WADA, YADA and several interventions by National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), UNODC and other agencies will surely lead to accelerated elimination of the growing monster of drug abuse in Nigeria. The committee is on that finding and advocacy visits to all the geo-political zones in the country.”