Group seeks government support to curb drug abuse
The Initiative for a Drug-Free Africa (IFDFA) volunteers has urged the Federal Government to take more proactive steps aimed at reducing drug abuse amongst youths and vulnerable groups by at least 40 percent in the country.
Speaking in Abuja recently, the group board of trustees’ Chairman, Kenneth Ibe-Kalu disclosed that IFDFA would collaborate with governments in Africa at all levels, suggest policy direction to achieve its target as well as propose bills that may aid the realisation of the goal.
Ibe-Kalu said the group would also work closely with all stakeholders in the drug value chain to ensure that they play key roles towards stamping out drug abuse by 40 per cent across the country.
According to him, drug abuse is responsible for the increasing rate of suicide across the country, adding: “If you check our various extended family, neighbours, you will see one or two persons abusing drugs and that is why our slogan which said ‘in your own interest’ to join in the crusade.
“This organisation are group of African who decided to come together seeing how drug have ravage the world particularly in Nigeria ranging from persecution drug abuse, cocaine, synthetic drug, marijuana”
“We should think of the reason why many people kill themselves up to secondary schools and why suicide is obtained. All these happen due to drug abuse which makes it very prevalent.
“Our organisation came to stamp all the abuses of drug away not only in Nigeria but out of Africa.”
He added: “Our vision is to stamp out 40 percent, reduced drug abuse by 40percent and make it a reality in Africa.”
He enjoined Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), military, Nigerian police, parliamentary organisations to join a walk against the abuse of drugs across the country.