NDLEA says agencies can’t solve drug problem

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said that the agency, police and other security operatives charged with the prevention and curbing drug abuse in society cannot solve the problems because they cannot absolve themselves of drug abuse.

Principal Staff Officer, Drug Demand Reduction Unit of the NDLEA, Plateau State, Alhaji Bello Mumini, said this yesterday at a public enlightenment workshop organised by the state National Orientation Agency (NOA), which took place at Community and Social Development Agency Conference Hall, Jos.

Mumini said that youths who are mostly involved in hard drugs have had their brains conditioned to the drugs which undermines national security because drug abuse increases armed robbery, corruption, criminality, treasury looting and so on.

He added that the big men in the society because of their busy schedule and societal problems, which prevent them from normal rest and sleep, have to take drugs as a palliative.

The NDLEA boss argued that it is because of their involvement in drugs that they, the big men, do not want the agency to perform its statutory responsibility to curb the menace of drugs.

He said that the NDLEA has been weakened by the so-called big men who flaunt their influence everywhere.

Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Iyamu Wilson, lamented that almost everyday, policemen are being killed by bandits or in any other activity in the line of duty thereby reducing the population of the police force.

Besides, he said that lack of funds in the force is what contributes negatively to the performance of the organisation.

He, therefore, advised the security agencies to be at alert and alive first before they can protect lives and property.

Saying that the police cannot do the job alone, he called on all the security agencies to mobilise the youths positively for development of the society, admonishing them all to join hands together for the betterment of the society.

Also, the State Director of NOA, Mr. Bulus Dabit, who spoke on “Building a People of Peace: Harnessing the Energy of Youth Towards Peaceful Co-existence,” said that the programme was aimed at addressing some of the vices that undermine the capacity of the youths towards releasing their energy for nation-building.

In another development, a non-governmental organisation (NGO), “Nigeria IDP Diaspora Support Group,” worried by reported cases of mental depression leading to deaths due to trauma emanating from incessant civil unrests in Nigeria, has trained Nigerian health workers in trauma handling.

Lead Co-ordinator of a four-day workshop held at the Plateau State Specialist Hospital, Jos, Dr. Wale Lagundoye, yesterday said the desire to train stakeholders in trauma healing of victims of civil unrest, was done by Nigerian indigene medical doctors practising in the United Kingdom (UK).

According to him, the workshop is aimed at training key stakeholders to help mitigate in the many cases of traumatised patients resulting from crises.

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