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Saturday, 27 June 2015

NDLEA Urges Government to Enact Bye Laws against local gin

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has urged government at all levels to enact bye laws against the production and sale of local gin, commonly called goskolo in Plateau.

Principal Staff Officer of NDLEA in the state, Bello Mumuni stated this at the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA)/Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Plateau State organised awareness campaign on drug abuse during this year's International Day Against Abuse Illicit Trafficking 2015.

Delivering a remark at the occasion, Mumuni hinted that by law, the NDLEA had no right to enact such laws even as he stated that it was unfortunate that Nigeria had since graduated from a transit illicit drug maker to a consumer nation.

According to him, though internationally, some hard drugs were permitted for use or processing, those could only be allowed for medical or scientific purposes unlike in some areas in Nigeria, lizard excreta, sniffing of toilets soak away, and even cough syrup consumption have become order of the day.

Earlier, NMA Chairman in the state, Dr Pokop Bupwatda, said the association's desire was to ensure that all things of public interest were addressed in view of the dangers they pose to the people.

He appreciated the collaboration with the NUJ in the past, which he admitted, had gone a long way in helping the society in creating positive change.

Also in a remark, the NUJ chairman, Yakubu Taddy said “we partner with the NMA to add value to the society and it has been quite appreciative.”

Represented by the Vice Chairman, Ben Mitu, Taddy stressed that the joint collaborative efforts between NMA and NUJ would continue because the society had benefited from this partnership in the past.

The lecture at the occasion was delivered by a consultant psychiatric with the centre for Addiction Treatment and Research and is of a Don with the University of Jos, Kingsley Mayowa Okonoda and titled ‘Let's Live Without Drugs’

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