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NDLEA wants local alcoholic drinks banned

The only remedy to substance abuse across Nigeria is for state governments to enact bylaws to ban locally produced alcoholic drinks, the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has said.

The NDLEA Principal Staff Officer in Plateau State, Bello Mumini stated this at an awareness campaign on drug abuse organised in Jos by the Plateau State chapters of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) and Nigeria Union Of Journalists (NUJ) to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

There exists in Plateau State a local brew called Goskolo, which many youth are addicted to and which has ruined the lives of many of them.

Delivering an address on the occasion, Mumini hinted that the NDLEA had no right to enact such laws even as he stated further that it was unfortunate that Nigeria had graduated from a transit illicit drug market to a consumer nation.

Earlier, NMA Chairman in the state, Pokop W. Bupwatda said the association’s desire was to ensure that all things of public interest were addressed in view of the dangers they posed to the people.

Also in a remark, the NUJ chairman, Yakubu Taddy, said, “We partner with the NMA to add value to the society and it has been quite appreciative.”

Represented by the Vice Chairman, Ben Mitu, Taddy stressed that the joint collaborative efforts between NMA and NUJ would continue because the society has benefited from these partnership in the past.

Drug abuse: NDLEA wants local alcoholic drinks banned

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