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Oyo partners group to end illicit drug use

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OYO State Government and Nigeria Association of Patent and Proprietary Medicine Dealers (NAPPMED), Ibadan Branch, have publicly declared their support for an end to dealing in illicit and controlled drugs.

  The declaration was made at an awareness seminar organised by NAPPMED, with the support of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the Liberty Stadium, Ibadan.

  The Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Wasiu Olatubosun, who was represented by the ministry’s Director Planning, Research and Statistics, Abdul-Fatai Oyedeji, said there was never a better time for all stakeholders in declaring an end to illicit drugs and dealing in control drugs.

  Dr Olatubosun said the state government has been in the vanguard of creating awareness against drug abuse and would not relent in partnering with interested parties like NAPPMED in ridding the state of the menace of drugs and substance abuse.

The Director of Pharmaceutical Services at the Ministry of Health and Chairman, Oyo State Drug Abuse Control Committee,  Mr Luqmon Akinwande, who represented the state Commissioner for Health, disclosed that the need to focus interest on eradicating drug abuse made the state institute a ‘Drug Abuse Control Committee’.

  Speaking at the event, the state Commander of NDLEA, Abdullahi Saeed, said the seminar was important as it has been observed that drug abuse posed bigger challenge for the country in the area of its effect on rising security cases like banditry and insurgency among others.

   The Head of NAPPMED in Ibadan, Alhaji Abdul-Kabir Ademola said the essence of partnering with NDLEA for the seminar was borne out of the realisation that most crimes in the society, perpetrated by youths, have background  in drug abuse.

  He added that because the over five thousand NAPPMED members were closer to the rural people within the eleven local government areas in Ibadan, it was pertinent to make the members see the dangers inherent in the drugs and substances as well as the legal consequences of dealing in the drugs.

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