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One in every 6 persons in Kano a drug addict’ – Buba Marwa

“In Kano State, drug abuse prevalence is 16 per cent; that is, in every six persons, one is a drug addict and they are between the ages of 15 years and 64 years…”

By Agency Report

NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa, said on Monday in Kano that the state has about two million drug addicts, representing 16 per cent prevalence.

Mr Marwa made the disclosure when he paid a courtesy visit to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje.

“In Kano State, drug abuse prevalence is 16 per cent; that is, in every six persons, one is a drug addict and they are between the ages of 15 years and 64 years.

“Kano State has close to two million drug users abusing tramadol, codeine and other cough syrups, rather than cannabis.

“I will like to mention here that since I assumed leadership of NDLEA in January, we have seized over two million kilogrammes of assorted drugs, estimated at billions of Naira.

“Eight thousand people were arrested and 1,600 are now serving jail terms in correctional service facilities, and we are still working.

“Drug abuse has gone to the level of destroying our families unless is tackled with all seriousness it deserves,’’ he said.

Mr Marwa said that the use drugs propelled criminal activities ranging from banditry, kidnapping and armed robbery, among others.

He said that NDLEA was comfortable that Kano State government was a worthy partner in tackling drug abuse.

Mr Marwa urged the state government to make legislation that would prevent politicians from giving drugs to youths.

He also urged the government to make legislation on compulsory drug test for intending couples, also as part of measures to fight against drug abuse.

In his address of welcome, Mr Ganduje said Kano State is the most populous state with highest number of youths and a commercial nerve centre of Nigeria and some West African countries.

“Being commercial centre, some use that opportunity to traffic drugs and you know we have the international airport, railway anfindsads that link to many states.

“So, Kano find itself in a vulnerable situation,’’ the governor said.

He added that it was a policy in the state that commissioners and permanent secretaries must undergo drug abuse tests before getting appointed to reduce drug abuse rate in the state.

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