The two day workshop on drug prevention, treatment and care held in Abuja for the wives of the state governors and some focal persons from their states has ended.
In a closing remarks on behalf of the first ladies, the chairperson Nigeria Governors’ Wives Forum, Mrs. Erelu Bisi Fayemi said the workshop has properly equipped them with the knowledge to fight against drug abuse, adding that they will among other things adapt the National Drug Master plan as well as ensure that the state’s drug control committees are functional.
Mrs. Fayemi who thanked the NDLEA, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes, UNODC, and the EU for organizing the workshop called for the support of the interministerial committees on drug abuse.
Meanwhile the Wife of the Governor, Dr. Mrs. Nkechi Ikpeazu has stressed the need for increase in strategies to curb drug abuse and trafficking in society.
Mrs Ikpeazu who was speaking in Abuja on the side-lines of the two-day Training Workshop told newsmen that drug abuse has to be controlled, in order to reduce crime, deviant behaviour and create strong families, describing drug abuse as a cankerworm that has eaten deep into the fabrics of society.
The wife of the Governor noted that there are links between drug abuse and the increasing spate of gender based violence in the country, as drug abuse is known to create unstable attitudes on those who use them.
The first lady of Abia said that efforts to get people to avoid drug abuse must start when they are young, pointing out that she will step up her engagements with families and Schools, so as to prevent drug abuse among youths.
Mrs. Ikpeazu pledged to implement the resolutions reached in the workshop in Abia State, assuring that she will seek the support of the state government and relevant stakeholders in the state to ensure a reduction in the number of people with drug disorders.
BCA Abuja Area Correspondent, China Mba reports that the workshop is aimed at drawing the support of the thirty six state First Ladies towards the efforts of the NDLEA and the UNODC, in reducing drug abuse in the country.