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PHOTO: Nigerian Senate Unveils Plans to Tackle Drug Abuse In The Country

Saraki congratulates Tambuwal, Ortom for winning a re-election
Saraki congratulates Tambuwal, Ortom for winning a re-election

The Nigerian Senate, have earlier today, unveiled their strategic plans to tackle the dreaded menace of drug abuse in the country. The Senate led by Senate President, Senator Saraki, worried by the increased in the rate of drug use by millions of Nigerian youth, held a seminar in Kano, where some of the steps that will be taken in the next few days were reached.

Nigeria is ranked one of the highest in terms of drug abuse, drug trafficking, point of contact, and usage. The big cities such as Lagos, Kano, Kaduna and Porthacourt Anambra and others are some of the states known for underage drug abusers, mostly in Secondary School.

The Senate working with the various government agencies charged with the responsibility to curb this menace, in a series of tweets, explained their plans. The Senate in a statement said:

 

Arising from its roundtable conference on drug abuse in Kano last month, the Senate on Thursday unveiled a comprehensive framework aimed at providing effective leadership and governance for cases of mental health and substance abuse in the country.

The plans, according to a statement from the Media Office of the President of the Senate, include formulating, developing, and implementing national policies, strategies, programme, & regulations relating to mental health & substance abuse aimed at arresting the rising incidence.

The intervention also comprises a complex legislative framework for operations of law enforcement and other agencies towards reduction in the supply of illicit substances of abuse, and control of illicit psychoactive substances by passing a Mental Health and Substance Abuse Bill.

The Bill, when passed, will ensure that mental health is valued, promoted, and protected and that mental health conditions which often predispose vulnerable individuals to substance abuse and dependence, are treated.

The statement added that “sections of various legislations and policies that deal with Drug Control are being pulled together and harmonized into ONE drug Control Bill, with clear mandates for the various law enforcement and regulatory agencies like…

  • NDLEA,
  • NAFDAC,
  • Nigerian Police Force, etc, to develop framework for interagency cooperation towards Drug Control.

It will also ensure that prevention mechanisms, timely, affordable, high quality and culturally appropriate mental healthcare is made available to the public.

Besides, the Senate will also develop a coherent legislative and policy context to address both the control of drugs (Psychoactive Drugs), and Interventions for people that use drugs.

We will also address the lack of clarity, and processes of agency roles and responsibilities and processes of interagency cooperation on multiple areas of overlap, towards the common objective of safeguarding the health and wellbeing of the Nigerian…Public, while we look forward to the support and active participation of all well-meaning Nigerians.

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