President Bola Tinubu’s administration, on Tuesday, expressed its commitment towards the fight against abuse of substance and illicit drug trafficking, News About Nigeria reports.
Vice President, Kashim Shettima, said this on behalf of the President while declaring open the 31st meeting of Heads of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, the war is part of efforts to curtail the global drug problem.
Shettima also that their administration will continue to provide the necessary support and tools the NDLEA will need to fulfill this mandate.
The President said, “This administration will continue to provide the necessary support, motivation, and tools for the NDLEA to fulfil its mandate. We understand the connection between the success of the fight against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking and the attainment of several goals on our socio-economic and security agenda.
“For us, the commitment to the fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse is not just a matter of policy; it is a moral imperative. We recognize that a population at war with drugs is not a dividend but a liability. We believe that the future of our youth, the strength of our institutions, and the well-being of our communities depend on our ability to eradicate this threat.
“So, I must appeal to you to see this gathering as an avenue for the exchange of novel ideas and the development of practical strategies. We must consolidate established contacts, operational partnerships, and cooperation to ensure that the outcomes of this four-day deliberation advance public safety and the emergence of drug-free African communities.
He also stated that there have been proactive actions put in place to prevent any individual or group from turning the country into a dumping ground for drug trafficking.
He also charged Nigerians to educate and empower the youths on the harm and dangers they expose themselves to when they abuse and traffic drug
“We must prioritise prevention, education, and rehabilitation to empower our youth with knowledge and opportunities. We must steer them away from the treacherous path of drug abuse and trafficking and protect our economy from the consequences of their actions,” he admonished.