Posted by Gift Adene. on 8 June, 2022 under Naija News, Talk Zone
As part of the anti-narcotics agency’s drug demand reduction efforts, Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, has asked that youth corps members undergo drug testing as they report for their mandatory one-year national service at various orientation camps across the country.
On Wednesday, March 8, 2022, Marwa made the announcement while hosting the Director General of the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Fadah, and his management team on a courtesy visit to the NDLEA headquarters in Abuja.
The NDLEA chief painted a picture of Nigeria’s drug problem with facts and figures from the 2018 national drug survey while calling for collective efforts to change the narrative.
“There is the need for drug test for our youth corps members as they report at the orientation camps. Once they know therell be drug test at the camps, they will abstain from it. The whole essence is to ensure help gets to those who test positive early. This is part of our War Against Drug Abuse, WADA, initiative,” Marwa stated.
“Nigeria has a drug issue. Were determined to ensure this is changed but we cant do it alone, we need organisations like NYSC to reduce and control demand for drugs. Nigeria has insufficient rehabilitation and counselling centres,”
“We need counselling centres in the primary health care centres at the grassroots, where we dont have enough manpower to cover and this is where the young men and women of NYSC come in. We can train them in their numbers to serve as counsellors at the grassroots level because majority of drug users only need counselling.” he added.
Speaking earlier, Brig. Gen. Fadah said he came on the visit to appreciate NDLEA for past support to the scheme and also ask for further collaboration as NYSC prepares to open the gates of orientation camps across the country.
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