NGO takes campaign against drug abuse to NASS, pushes for zero tolerance

A non-governmental group, Christabel’s Initiative has instructed the joint Committee on Narcotic medicine of the higher and decrease legislative Chambers that evils being perpetrated in Nigeria at present have been psychotropic associated.

Convener of the group, Christabel Regan Okoye stated Nigeria was breaking a file on drug abuse and trafficking in individuals, saying choice have to be taken to deal with the menace for saner society.

Talking at a joint committee listening to on Tuesday in Abuja, Okoye instructed Parliamentarians that medicine menace should first be tackled earlier than tackling social vices of trafficking, rape, Boko Haram, including that medicine and social vices are inseparable.

In keeping with him, the NGO acquired concerned in medicine marketing campaign as a result of the conflict on drug abuse and trafficking has grow to be a common conflict.

She lamented the massive casualties in human and materials assets related to drug-related assaults, significantly among the many youths, insisting that lawmakers should act earlier than it will get late.

“The conflict of drug abuse and trafficking has grow to be a common conflict which has introduced all of us collectively in searching for one of the simplest ways to carry it to zero tolerance. The ills have destroyed unaccountable lives, particularly that of the youths.

“Nigeria as a rustic has suffered so many lack of lives and dignity because of the involvement of well-meaning Nigerians abusing and trafficking in medicine. Everyone knows that the catalyst to violence, Boko Haram, herdsmen and farmers clashes, bandits and so many communal wars are on account of drug abuse.”

Reacting in an interview after the session, Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila who was represented by Hon. Ado Doguwa stated drug abuse was a severe offence that ought to deserve a heavy penalty.

He stated the decrease Chamber would cooperate with all related stakeholders to tame the tide of drug abuse in Nigeria.

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