By Hassan Zaggi
The current high rate of drug abuse, especially, among youth in Nigeria, has been linked to the removal of the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) from the Ports by the previous governments since the past eight years (2011-2018).
The Director-General of NAFDAC, Professor Mojisola Adeyeye, disclosed this at a meeting with the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse, Brigadier-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), and other members of the committee in Abuja, yesterday.
Drug addiction, she lamented, has successfully wiped away and destroyed two generations of Nigerian youths
She, has, however, appealed to the federal government to improve the staff strength of NAFDAC and furnish it with more equipment to enable it fight against drug abuse.
According to her, “When NAFDAC was removed from the port from 2011-2018, that was when the destruction of Nigerian youths began.
“If we plot the graph of NAFDAC not being at the port in 2011 -2018, we would find out that during that period the drug addiction among our youths increased.
“But thank God President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 reversed the trend by returning NAFDAC to the port and since we got there, there have been good changes”.
She, however, assured that her agency was ready to work assiduously in order to intercept illegal drugs being imported into the country.
The NAFDAC DG further insisted that all hands must be on deck in order to eliminate drug addiction among Nigerian youths.
“I have said it many times, a country cannot be greater than its youths, and we have lost about two generations to drug addiction. We must fight for our children and for their future”.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, Brigadier-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd), regretted the high rate of drug addiction among Nigerian youths, noting that stakeholders must come together to halt the menace.
“It is very sad that two generations of our youths are being wiped out, so we must do something urgent. And President Muhammadu Buhari is really concern and he wants us to find a lasting solution to this terrible state of affairs in the country as far as drug addiction is concern”, he said.