Stakeholders, who are at the forefront of drug policy reform advocacy in Nigeria, have advocated for strategies on the effective drug control response in Nigeria.
The panel discussion also focused on exploring the role of the National Assembly in addressing the drug problem in Nigeria.
The chairman/CEO, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Brig. Gen Buba Marwa (rtd) in his goodwill message delivered by Dr. Kojo (Lead, Prosecution and Legal Services) decried the increasing social and health impact of drug prevalence in Nigeria.
He said, “The agency’s effort and commitment to employ evidence-based drug control strategies. He also identified the agency’s willingness to collaborate with civil society organisations and other critical stakeholders to address the drug problem in the country.”
Other policymakers commented on the proposed drug policy reform bills- NDLEA (amendment) Act Bill (2020), Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act (2020) and Cannabis Control Bill (2021), expressing their commitment to champion the legislation that promotes public health and sustainable development.
The event which was convened by Youth Initiative for Drug Research, Information, Support and Education in Nigeria (YouthRise Nigeria) in commemoration of the 2021 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, had members of the House of Representatives – Hon Benjamin Kalu, spokesperson of the House of Representatives and Chairman, House Committee on Media, and Public Affairs, Hon. Samuel Adejare.