NDLEA, Ekiti govt agree on measures to tackle drug abuse

The Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA and the Ekiti State Government have agreed to collaborate with other stakeholders on how to tackle the scourge of abuse in the state.

This was disclosed in a communiqué issued on Thursday the end of a one day town hall with the theme, ‘Walk away from drugs’, organised by the state Ministry of Justice in collaboration with the NDLEA in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital. The guest speaker the was the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd). Governor Kayode Fayemi was represented by his deputy, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi the event attended also by the state deputy speaker, Hakeem Jamiu, first class monarchs, members of the state executive council, local government chairmen, CSOs, NGOs, women and youth groups among others.

According to the produced at the end of the colloquium, the NDLEA and the state government agreed on “the development of intelligence sharing network mechanism at the grassroots level with a view to dismantling the cultivation, manufacturing and use of illicit drugs and arrest the barons and their cohorts.

“The adoption of a public health approach in collaboration with relevant authorities such as the public service, authorities of and political heads for Confidential Drug Use Integrity Test to be carried out on the newly recruited servants including directors and permanent secretaries, newly admitted students and individuals seeking for political offices at all levels.” It explained that the strategy would ensure early identification of individuals who use drugs with a view to providing help and support and preventing dependency.

The communiqué further stated that “drug free should be demanded before solemnization of marriage; establishment of drugs control prevention committee in all communities to comprise NGOs, Faith-based organisations, religious and opinion leaders, royal fathers, parents, youths and other relevant stakeholders; strong parent-child relationship should be explored to help the society the value system.”

It also called for the establishments/resuscitation of anti-drug clubs in secondary and while seeking for a joint sensitisation and enlightenment programme on the devastating consequences of the use of illicit drugs to the people and the state in general. It demanded that security agencies should above board in a bid to eradicate the menace of hard drugs.

They said the measures were agreed on following “about the exponential and worrying figures about the illicit drug use in Ekiti State with the attendant impact on mental health of its people and socio-economic development of the State; as well the devastating consequences of the use of illicit drugs on security, education, mental and economic development of our youth and women.”