Drug Addiction: South West Overtakes Northern Nigeria
In the South West Region of Nigeria, Lagos State has the highest population and could be housing more hard drug abusers popularly referred to as 'science students'.
This assumption is hinged on a recent finding that says 22.4% of drug abuse cases in Nigeria happen in the South West region of the nation.
Prior to this time, many people had the belief that more drugs abuse cases happened in the northern part of Nigeria.
The Leader of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse (PACEDA), South-West, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odeku, gave the figure on Friday.
Odeku told a press conference in Akure, Ondo State on Friday that the figure was inline with the official statistics released by the UN in its fact finding mission in the region to curb drug abuse in Nigeria.
'Not Something To Joke With'
President Muhammadu Buhari had on December 10, 2018, inaugurated the committee chaired by Major General Buba Marwa (Rtd).
Odeku said that similar programme had been carried out simultaneously in all the geopolitical zones of the country, adding that drug abuse had become a menace that must be curbed.
“This calls for urgent action. It cannot be a Federal Government fight alone; we must take it to the local government level and to our religious stakeholders.
“It is not something we can joke with, drug abuse is always leading to crime. We call on all stakeholders to cooperate with us to tackle it.
“Drug abuse, in most cases, usually start with curiosity, peer pressure and other unidentified reasons.
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“Buhari have the best interest of youths in mind, the ministerial committee was first inaugurated before the presidential advisory committee to deal with the menace,” she said.
Odeku, also advised the Ondo State government to create more rehabilitation centres for those willing to quit drugs and get rehabilitated.
She called on religious leaders to join hands in the fight against drug abuse and in helping to create rehabilitation centres.
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