DRUG ABUSE: Nigeria is the Highest in Drug Use in the World – UNO

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According to Mrs Folusho Adelekan, the National Programme Officer of the United Nations Office (UNO) on Drugs and Crime, on Tuesday 17 November 2020 reported that Nigeria is the highest on the rank around world in drug use prevalence rate.

She explained Nigeria has 14.3 per cent as against 5.3 per cent of the entire world in terms of drug use prevalence rate.

While in Abuja at a sensitisation workshop designed for Drug Abuse and Rape by Christabels Initiative, Mrs Adelekan made the above claim with the statistics in the programme facilitated by the National Assembly Joint Committee on Drugs and Narcotics.

She posited available statistics reported a total of 14.4m drug users in Nigeria at 14.3 per cent prevalence rate for drug use.

She said, “The National Drug Control Master Plan Nigeria which came up within the last two years is not being funded adequately and the menace requires action-packed operational strategy that must be well funded.

“Apart from the lack of well funded operational plan, there are no enough treatment or rehabilitation centres in the country for drug addicts.”

In addition, Dr Yinka Falola-Anoemuah, the Deputy Director with the National Agency for the Control of AIDS, said the same level of serious actions used in battling the problem of HIV/AIDS in the country, should be practically applied to the menace of drug use and abuse as well as rape in Nigeria to reduce the prevalence rate.

She said, “Two million people are living with AIDS in Nigeria, but being managed without much havoc in the country. Even at that, the operational master plan has been put on the ground to end AIDS in Nigeria by 2030, the way Polio was eliminated.”

Also, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was ably represented by the House Leader, Hassan Doguwa, iterated lack of discipline and decent socialisation from the family institution are culpable for the rate of drug addict and drug use in general in the country.

He added, “This is the very reason curricular at the primary and secondary school levels need to be reviewed for the inclusion of subjects against drug abuse and violence against women, particularly rape.”


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Mohammed Abdulganiyu Haruna

He is a prolific writer and a BSc. and MSc. holder at the prestigious Universities, University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria and University of Benin, Benin, Nigeria. He is also a freelance writer and a publisher of many articles and a book. He is a social worker by profession and a passionate and patriotic enthusiast. He has won many writing contests and given presentations on salient issues at different radio stations and news outlets. He has lectured at so many schools, recently, at University of Ilorin, Ilorin, Nigeria. He is an accommodating and lovely person.

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