Obasanjo ap­peals for more ac­tion on nar­cotics

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Vin­cent A. Yusuf Ex-pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo

For­mer Pres­i­dent Oluse­gun Obasanjo has called for in­creased at­ten­tion to health, drug abuse preven­tion and treat­ment in West Africa.

Obasanjo who is the cur­rent Chair of the West African Com­mis­sion on Drugs (WACD) said this at the just con­cluded 57th Ses­sion of the Com­mis­sion on Nar­cotic Drugs (CND) held in Vi­enna with high­light on im­pact of drug con­sump­tion on gov­er­nance, se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment.

He said: “drugs pose a se­ri­ous threat to peace and se­cu­rity in West Africa. Or­ga­nized crime syn­di­cates use the re­gion as a hub to tran­sit drugs to other parts of the world. This de­vel­op­ment calls for fund­ing to be more pro­por­tion­ately di­rected to­wards health, treat­ment and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion ser­vices, which are lack­ing.”

Chair­man of the Na­tional Drug Law En­force­ment Agency (NDLEA), Ah­madu Gi­ade also can­vassed for in­creased at­ten­tion on health chal­lenges of drug use, a state­ment by the agency’s spokesman Ofoyeju Mitchell said.

“We have ob­served the huge health chal­lenge re­sult­ing from both lo­cal drug pro­duc­tion and in­flux of drugs into West Africa. It is im­per­a­tive for stake­hold­ers to de­vote qual­ity at­ten­tion to the at­ten­dant health prob­lems of il­licit drug use. This can be ad­dressed through im­proved fund­ing, train­ing of health care per­son­nel and es­tab­lish­ment of Treat­ment and Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion Cen­tres,” Gi­ade stated.

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