Emir of Kano, His Royal Highness, Mohammad Sanusi II, the Minister of Interior, General Abdulrahman Danbazau (rtd) as well as the heads of the National Agency for Food and Drugs Control (NAFDAC) and that of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) would be on ground at the workshop aimed at brainstorming on ways to curb drug abuse in Nigeria.
The workshop, a brainchild of the Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria, the was conceived to bring to the barest minimum, drugs and substance abuse and the vices associated with it.
Addressing journalists at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Kaduna State Secretariat ahead of the one-day training workshop with a theme: “Challenges for Drug Abuse and National Security”, the Vice President, Institute of Public Analysts of Nigeria, Dr. Femi Oyediran said that the main aim of the workshop was to adequately educate the public on the dangers of abusing drugs
According to him, the exercise is also meant to train the participants on how to analyse drugs, effects of drugs consumption and the basic truth about what it could cause the consumers.
He described as unfortunate a situation where youth abuse good drugs which they use for enhancers.
“It is unfortunate that people, especially the youth today resort to abuse drugs in the name of being high. This attitude is what has given birth to the high societal vices like, crime, high rate of accident, violence and the current insurgency ravaging the North East.
“The government is trying to unite the country but the youth allow drug to alter the way they act and this calls for concern. When people are under influence of drugs they do anything.
“This among many reasons that the institute is embarking on training workshop in Kaduna to create awareness on illicit drug consumption and abuse,” he said
He said what they are trying to do is to compliment the efforts of the government to eradicate drug abuse and tendencies that can breach national security.
“We are currently collaborating with NAFDAC, United Nation’s office on drugs and other stakeholders in the administration and control of drugs to rob minds
“We are currently collaborating with NAFDAC, United Nation’s office on drugs and other stakeholders in the administration and control of drugs to rob minds and proffer solution.”
Speaking further, he explained that with embracing of a healthy lifestyle and good diet regime, there would be no need for drugs as the individual would maintain optimum health.
“It is part if what we will be teaching people. How to eat to be healthy. Many do not know that by eating the right things, you can stay away from drugs, which are essentially chemicals,” he added.