Drug Law: Stake­hold­ers Urge FG To Re­view Pol­icy

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Se­gun Olaniyi, Abuja From Ah­madu Baba Idris, Birnin Kebbi

STAKE­HOLD­ERS have called on Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to im­me­di­ately re­view the coun­try’s drug law pol­icy, so as to be in line with cur­rent re­al­i­ties and in­ter­na­tional best prac­tices.

Speak­ing at the open­ing of a two-day pro­gramme in Abuja, yes­ter­day, Pro­ject Team Co­or­di­na­tor, Youthrise Nige­ria, Ade­olu Ogun­rombi, or­gan­is­ers of the event, said young peo­ple con­sti­tute

Kebbi Gov­er­nor’s Wife Con­doles With Fam­i­lies Of De­ceased Hajj Pil­grims the state.

Three of the late pil­grims, whose names were given as Sani Haruna Zuru, an Is­lamic cleric, Fati Adamu Fakkai and Adamu Li­man Zuru were from Ar­gungu and Zuru lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas.

While sym­pa­this­ing with fam­i­lies and peo­ple of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment ar­eas over the death of the pil­grims, Ha­jiya Bagudu prayed Almighty Al­lah to grant them the for­ti­tude to bear the loss of their loved ones.

FOL­LOW­ING death of four Kebbi State pil­grims in Saudi Ara­bia, wife of the gov­er­nor, Ha­jiya Aisha Abubakar Bagudu, yes­ter­day, sent con­do­lence mes­sages to fam­i­lies of the de­ceased.

Ad­dress­ing news­men, yes­ter­day, shortly after ar­riv­ing from Saudi at the In­ter­na­tional Air­port Sokoto, she said the pil­grims’ pass­ing is a loss to peo­ple of about 60 per­cent of Nige­ria’s pop­u­la­tion, ex­plain­ing that in 2011, the United Na­tions Of­fice on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in its world drug re­port stated that Nige­ria topped es­ti­mated il­licit drug use in African coun­tries. Ogun­rombi said the re­port showed that Nige­ria’s drug pol­icy has been a re­ac­tive one to both in­ter­nal and ex­ter­nal pres­sures, in­stead of be­ing a proac­tive tool based on ev­i­dence of what works and what doesn’t.

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