Abia First Lady, Mrs. Otti urges FG, States to intensify fight against substance abuse, illicit drug trafficking

The wife of the Governor, the wife of the Governor of Abia State in a group picture with other first ladies and stakeholders

Abia First Lady, Mrs. Otti urges FG, States to intensify fight against substance abuse, illicit drug trafficking

Arising from a recent meeting in Abuja, the First Ladies said their resolutions were based on their understanding of “the nexus between drug use and the heightened level of criminality, the increasing number of school dropouts, social and health issues, family problems, including violent extremism, kidnapping, banditry and terrorism, and its resultant impact

In press release made available to Newsmen by Ndubueze Justice, Press Secretary to the wife of the Governor, the wife of the Governor of Abia State, Mrs. Priscilla Chidinma Otti, having attended a two-day Drug Prevention Treatment and Care (DPTC) training organized by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) for Governors’ Wives in Abuja, where they were charged on the need to lead the State Drug Control Committees has advocated urgent action against drug abuse.

 

Speaking to news men immediately after the event, Mrs. Priscila Otti, stated that part of their resolve was a call on the Federal Government to declare a state of emergency regarding the rampant issue of substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in Nigeria.

Mrs Otti, emphasized the urgent need for the government at all levels to allocate resources to combat the widespread problem of drug abuse considering the rate of it’s surge.

She informed that part of what they where charged to do was to chair the State Drug Control Committee to enhance their effectiveness in implementing rehabilitation programs aimed at achieving holistic recovery and addressing both the physical and mental health aspects of drug addiction, along with harm reduction strategies. She however, promised to establish and chair the State Drug Control Committee at the state and local government level with relevant stakeholders.

Mrs. Otti also outlined her plans for community outreach initiatives to support the NDLEA’s Drug Integrity Testing Policy, aimed at early detection of drug users and timely intervention to prevent addiction progression. Additionally, she pledged the full support of the Abia State Government, led by Governor Alex Otti, in fostering collaboration between NDLEA and other security agencies to combat drug use and trafficking.

The wife of the Governor, of Abia State with other first ladies
The wife of the Governor, of Abia State with other first ladies

“we will establish a dedicated channel through which we can scale up gender responsive drug demand reduction and treatment interventions among female drug users who despite high prevalence of drug use have very low rate of accessing treatment, she added”.

Mrs. Otti used the medium to commended the dedication of Senator Oluremi Tinubu, the First Lady and wife of the President, to the welfare of Nigerian women, and applauded the efforts of the NDLEA, under the leadership of Brigadier General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), in addressing the scourge of drug abuse and trafficking through initiatives such as the workshop.

The wife of the Governor, of Abia State with other first lady and Stakeholde
The wife of the Governor, of Abia State with other first lady and Stakeholde

The wife of the Governor, Mrs. Priscilla Chidinma Otti, was among the first ladies awarded and decorated as Ambassadors for the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) by the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Muhammad Buba Marwa (Rtd.)

 

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