Drug among women frightening, says FCT minister
Ahead of 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, the FCT minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, has described as alarming the increasing involvement of women in abuse of drugs in the society.
He made the assertion last week in Abuja, at a one-day workshop on women and substance abuse: implications for building a better society.
According to the minister, the eradication of the menace requires a lifetime effort and commitment by all and sundry.
Bello said the development is very frightening, because of the critical position of women, who constitute about 60 percent of the Nigerian population.
The event, which had participants drawn from the six area councils, was organized by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in collaboration with FCTA Social Development Secretariat, SDS.
Bello said: "The problem has to be confronted deep inside our hearts, as it is something that has to be taken as a lifetime battle. We should not be in denial of the menace, hence the need for everyone to be involved in the quest to tackle the problems squarely. Throughout our lives, women have been playing critical role in shaping and advancing the society."
Earlier in his remarks, NDLEA Chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (rtd), opined that the workshop is timely response to the increasing abuse of drugs among women especially in Northern Nigeria.
He noted that the development has diminished value and respect of women, calling on stakeholders to help fashion out how to eradicate the scourge.
The NDLEA boss adds that "We must do everything humanly possible to curb the menace ravaging the society."
In his welcome address, SDS Secretary, Alh.Oladimeji Ali-Hassan, noted that through misuse of certain drugs, natural and chemical substances, meant to be of help to mankind, but have caused adverse effects to the society.
He stressed the need for increased education and awareness campaign on the prevention of drugs abuse in the society.