FCTA, PACEDA partner against drug abuse
As part of its support for federal government efforts to rid the country of the menace of drug abuse, the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, has thrown its weight behind the activities of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse, PACEDA.
FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Bello, said this when he received the chairman, Brigadier Gen. Muhammed Marwa (rtd) and members of PACEDA who were in his office on a courtesy visit.
Bello stressed the need for the strengthening of relevant anti -drug abuse institutions especially in the area of funding, well equipped facilities and the provision of enabling laws to stop drug abuse.
"Institutions need to be properly funded to get the right manpower and equipment. Secondly, is prosecution. The third is rehabilitation, which is the most difficult because it has to be done on a long-time basis in quality facilities”, Bello said.
He however said with the strong political will as exhibited by President Muhammadu Buhari, it is possible to arrest the situation.
“I think the key is that there has to be a strong political will to fight this issue and under President Muhammadu Buhari, that is obtainable,” he noted.
The minister assured his guests of the continued support of the FCT Administration for activities of the committee and expressed the willingness of the administration to provide land for the construction of a model rehabilitation centre in the FFCT.
He said the building of such a model facility would lay a solid foundation for a sustainable fight against drug abuse.
Earlier, the chairman of the committee, Brig. Gen. Muhammed Marwa (rtd), had, while commending the minister’s role in the success recorded by the committee in the FCT so far, stressed the need for the establishment of drug control committees from the state level to the community levels.
Marwa expressed satisfaction that the FCT already has a very active committee on drug abuse related issues and also strengthened other relevant institutions.