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FCTA takes fight against drug abuse to motor parks

2nd Sep, 2019 | By Samuel Musa and Badaaru Yakassai | ||

As part of the activities lined up to mark the 2019 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Drug Abuse Control Committee has organised a sensitisation campaign at the Lugbe Motor Park in the territory with the theme " HEALTH FOR JUSTICE, JUSTICE FOR HEALTH"

Speaking at the occasion, the Acting Secretary FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS) Alhaji Musa Abdulraheem advised the motorist to stay away from drug abuse noting that such acts had potentials of jeopardizing their lives. The Director who was represented by the Director Pharmaceutical Services and chairman FCT Drug Abuse Campaign Committee Pharmist Boniface Ikwu said the sensitisation programme was designed to raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking. Abdulraheem who also is the substantive Director, Administration and Finance of the Secretariat added that the FCT Task force on Counterfeit and Fake Drug Committee is saddled with the responsibility of creating awareness on drug abuse /misuse in the public and also carried out enforcement in places where they are sold.He further added that the committee usually visit markets and motor parks to carry out awareness campaign on menace of drug abuse.

He maintained that the fight against drug abuse / misuse and illicit drug trafficking is not just the responsibility of health professionals but also that of government as well as communities, families , schools, civil society and religious organizations. He said that through enlightenment by parents, guardians, teachers, policy makers and youth the development of drug abuse/misuse and risky behaviour can be controlled and prevented .He stated that drug use and abuse have become very prevalent in our society today because information about the availability and types of drugs, method of ingestion and drug seeking practice are readily available.

The Acting Secretary further listed experimentation, peer pressure, the bid to reduce stress, build self esteem, the desire to be sociable, drugs availability, unemployment, and social economic frustration among others as factors that drive many to engage in drugs. He also emphasized that health and social hazards of involvement in drug abuse have enormous consequences on their families and society. He expressed appreciation to the FCT Administration for approving such an enlightenment and sensitization program. Stressing that the programme would impact positively in the lives of every individual. In his speech at the occasion, the representative of the National Drug and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Austin Nduka advised the motorists to stay away from illicit trafficking of drugs and other related offenses.

He called on the drivers to stay away from taking drugs before embarking on their journey because that could endanger their lives and that of their passengers. Also, the representative of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), Pharmist Ameh Jerome called on members of the public to always patronise registered pharmacist outlet with displayed registration certificate for the purchase of genuine drugs prescribed by the doctor. The Chairman Lugbe branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers Dalhatu Mohammed commended the effort of the FCT Administration in combating the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the territory

News Update

The Minister said these after a meeting of the FCT Security Committee which comprises heads of the police, military and para-military formations in FCT as well as Area Council Chairmen and religious leaders.

The cheery news is coming as Minister of State, FCT, Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu will headline a distinguished galaxy of stakeholders for the FCT pension stakeholders retreat this week.

Finally last week, Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) took over managing and operating the newly- completed Nigeria-Korea Model School in Abuja.

President Muhammadu Buhari has said that his Administration will continue to fashion policies designed to ensure employment and security of all citizens, especially the youth.

Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has decried the lynching of three suspected traffic robbers popularly known as 'One chance' in Dutsen Alhaji area of Abuja last week.

Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) always makes public the allocations in line with President Muhammadu Buhari's Change Agenda which harps on transparency, anti-corruption and accountability, tenets which FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has made his beacon.


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