By Stanley Onyekwere
The FCT Administration through its Drug Abuse Control Committee has organised a sensitisation campaign on drug abuse and trafficking for motorists at the Lugbe Motor Park in the Territory, as part of activities to mark the 2019 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking.
Speaking at the occassion with the theme “ Health For Justice, Justice For Health” the Director Administration & Finance, FCT Health and Human Services Secretariat Alhaji Musa Abdulraheem advised the motorists to stay away from drug abuse noting that such acts had potentials of jeopardizing their lives.
The Director, who was represented by the Director Pharmaceutical Services and chairman FCT Drug Abuse Campaign Committee, Boniface Ikwu said the sensitization programme was designed to raise awareness on the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking.
Musa explained that the FCT Taskforce on Counterfeit and Fake Drug Committee is saddled with the responsibility of creating awareness on drug abuse /misuse in the public and also carried out enforcement in places where are sold.
He further added that the committee usually visit market and motor parks to carry out awareness campaign on menace of drug abuse.
He maintained that the fight against drug abuse, misuse and illicit drug trafficking is not just the responsibility of health professionals but also that of government as well as communities, families , schools, civil society and religious organizations.
According to him, through enlightenment by parents, guardians, teachers, policy makers and youth the development of drug abuse/misuse and risky behaviour can be controlled and prevented .
He bemoaned that drug use and abuse have become very prevalent in our society today because information about the availability and types of drugs, method of ingestion and drug seeking practice are readily available.
The Director further listed experimentation, peer pressure, the bid to reduce stress, build self esteem, the desire to be sociable, drugs availability, unemployment, and social economic frustration among others as factors that drive many to engage in drugs.
He equally emphasized that health and social hazards of involvement in drug abuse have enoumous consequencies on their families and society.
He therefore expressed appreciation to the FCT Administration for approving such an enlightenment and sensitization program. Stressing that the program would impart positively in the lives of every individuals.
Also speaking at the event, the representative of the National Drug La Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mr. Austin Nduka enjoined the motorists to stay away from illicit trafficking of drugs and other related offences.
He called on drivers to stay away from taking drugs before embarking on their jouney because that could endanger their lives and that of their passengers.
Similarly, the representative of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria (PCN), Ameh Jerome called on members of the public to always patronise registered pharmacist outlet with displayed registration certificate for the puchase of genuine drugs proscribed by the doctor.
Not left out, Chairman of Lugbe branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Dalhatu Mohammed commended the effort of the FCT Administration in combating the menace of drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the Territory.