NDLEA Warns Drivers and Company Personnel Against Use of Illegal Drugs
NNN: The National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Edo Command on Tuesday advised drivers and company personnel against the use of illicit drugs and substance abuse.
Mr. Fidel Cocodia, Zone Commander, NDLEA, Zone ‘M’, comprising Edo, Delta and Bayelsa, advised during the opening of a sensitization seminar for BUA cement and transport staff in Okpella, Etsako Central Local Government Area in Edo.
Cocodia said that the drug problem is a global problem affecting everyone in society in one way or another negatively.
“What we are doing here today is only part of the effort to address and manage this issue,” he said.
He explained that the agency has continued to put in place measures to address drug addiction, drug availability as well as to understand the option of drugs, whether it is methamphetamine, cannabis or drug trafficking. substances like heroin or cocaine.
He revealed that some of the measures included interception at airports and seaports, production centers, cannabis farms, methamphetamine farms as well as the destruction of the methamphetamine laboratory.
According to the area commander, the fight is a continuum. Drug abuse is a criminal business which cannot be said to be totally abolished.
“The agency’s efforts were able to manage the situation and reduce it to a bare minimum.”
He noted that it wasn’t just an agency issue, but a general thing that needed everyone’s support.
“We are all stakeholders in one way or another. That is why we are here in this program, trying to sensitize BUA Group staff to the dangers of drug abuse and its consequences,” he said.
At the start of his remarks, Mr. Buba Wakawa, the Edo Commander of the NDLEA, said that the essence of the agency’s synergy with the BUA group was raising awareness of the effects of drug abuse and trafficking.
According to Wakawa, “raising awareness doesn’t mean we’re about drug addiction, but it’s educating to get the message out to ourselves, to young people and to colleagues.
“We will explain how to identify a drug within your organization.
“But the main thing is not to identify a drug addict and fire him. Addicts need help. These are the people who need help in society.
“So the main thing is to educate yourself and if you are able to identify a drug addict, bring them in for counselling, so that we can reintegrate them into society.”
Similarly, Mr. Idris Ahmed, Plant Manager, BUA, said the seminar was long overdue as the drug problem was global.
Ahmed said it was because most young people had used drugs and society was responsible for it.
He said action was needed to address it, adding that “until we can meet the needs of our community, our young people and our children, we will continue to have problems.”
“Drugs have gotten many families into trouble, so we all have a responsibility to prevent drug abuse.
“We have to try to raise our children properly, because right now society is in reverse.”
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that lectures were given on the legal implications of transmitting or carrying hard drugs.
NAN reports that lectures on concealment asset profiling, the effects of drug abuse, and the stages of drug abuse were also presented.
The lectures also covered the identification of commonly used and trafficked drugs in Nigeria.