17 November 2020 By James Itodo……
Nigeria has been ranked highest in Drug use prevalence rate in the world with 14.3% as against 5.3% for the entire global community .
The National Programme Officer of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime , Mrs Folusho Ajayi Adelekan , made the declaration in Abuja at a one day sensitization workshop on Drug Abuse and Rape organised by Christabels Initiatives and facilitated by the Senate and House of Representatives joint committee on Narcotics.
According to her, available statistics show that there are 14.4million drug users in Nigeria and 14 .3% prevalence rate .
This she explained is higher than the global statistics of 5.3% drug use prevalence rate.
She lamented that though Nigeria has 5 years National Drug Control Master plan it is not well funded operational wise.
” 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” she said.
In her contribution, Deputy Director from the National Agency for the Control of Aids , Dr Yinka Falola – Anoemuah said the seriousness of actions applied in tackling the scourge of HIV / AIDs in the country should be used in confronting the menace of Drug abuse and rape in Nigeria .
According to her two million people are living with AIDS in Nigeria but being managed without much havoc in the Country.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila who was represented by the House Leader, Hassan Doguwa, said the time has come to fight the menace right from the home front and in Schools at both the primary and secondary levels .