PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari, on Monday appointed his partner, Dr. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari as member of Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse.
The Committee has the earlier Military Administration of Lagos, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, retd, as its chairman.
President Buhari moreover inaugurated the Ministerial Steering Committee which is headed by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Boss Mustapha.
Mrs Aisha Buhari, Wife of the President
Inaugurating the two committees on the Presidential Villa, Abuja, the President often called for collective movement to help these enslaved by remedy assemble a model new life.
He well-known that the challenges associated to drug abuse had grown to grow to be a major public properly being downside throughout the nation, lamenting that Nigeria, hitherto thought-about as a transit nation for illicit remedy sooner than 2013 had now been internationally acknowledged as an individual nation.
President Buhari recalled the disheartening statistics of plenty of opinions along with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency which revealed that about three million codeine syrups bottles have been consumed daily in Kano and twice that amount throughout the North-West space of Nigeria alone.
According to him, “This is a situation of emergency and we must face and address it as such.”
He talked about that use and abuse of remedy by adolescents have grow to be most likely essentially the most disturbing properly being related phenomena in Nigeria and completely different parts of the world.
He talked about talked about that in lots of faculties and rising adolescents experience psychological properly being factors, each briefly or for an prolonged time interval, whereas some grow to be insane, cannot keep in colleges and at last drop out.
“Drug and alcohol abuse are moreover fundamental occupational hazards amongst Nigerian employees, professionals, notably drivers, which contribute to creating Nigerian roads considerably dangerous. The remedy which could be typically abused embody nevertheless not restricted to alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, Tramadol, codeine, and so forth.
“Today marks the beginning of 1 different milestone in correcting the inspiration purpose for just a few of the ills of at the moment’s society as a approach to safeguard our frequent existence and guarantee a brighter future for our current know-how and people however on born.
“The operate is especially centered at decimating the disastrous havoc that drug abuse might set off on the very materials of our society.’’
President Buhari beneficial his partner for demonstrating passion and dedication to the set off by galvanizing the participation of First Ladies from the states by means of the Governors’ Wives Forum in conducting an analysis of the issue of their respective domains, with the view to proffering measures to struggle the menace.
He talked about, “The appointment of the wives of the President and the Vice-President along with the Chairpersons of the North and South Governors’ Wives Forum as members of this committee is in recognition of their concerted efforts to the course of eradicating the menace of drug abuse from our society.
“Additionally, the participation of the First Ladies is meant to spur extra involvement of girls and mothers significantly, in view of the quite a few operate they play in parenting and care.
“It is because of this truth anticipated that Governors’ Wives all through the federation will take the lead in replicating this intervention development on the states and native authorities ranges,’’ he added.
He acknowledged that the presidential development on the federal stage would facilitate implementation of presidency’s programmes and initiatives for environment friendly provide of insurance coverage insurance policies, whereas a third stage development was proposed for the States, given the nationwide unfold of the malaise and the need for quick movement on the basis of the scourge.
Buhari revealed that the State Implementation Committee (SIC) could be established in all states of the federation to boost federal authorities’s efforts nationwide.
Members of the Presidential Advisory Committee embody Wives of the President and the Vice-President, representatives of Governors’ Wives Forum (North and South), Nigeria Custom Service, NAFDAC, NDLEA, Police and others.
The ministerial steering is charged with the duties of integrating drug abuse problem into extant authorities insurance coverage insurance policies and new initiatives and provide strategic course and steering on drug factors.
It will also be to operate a linkage between the federal authorities and completely different entities; synchronize and translate authorities insurance coverage insurance policies into implementation plan and promote obligatory authorities/legislative actions.
In his remarks, Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha described drug abuse epidemic as “a nationwide emergency that requires concerted and collaborative actions by all tiers of presidency, Non-Governmental Organisations, Development Partners, Civil Society Organisations and religious and standard leaders.’’
He warned that the menace if not tackled expeditiously and firmly, would in the long term, be additional dangerous than one other challenges coping with the nation, along with the insurgency.
He talked about, “We are now faced with a situation where multiple generations of the same family have become victims.”