Pres. Buhari makes wife, VP's wife, members of committee on drug abuse elimination

The wives of the president, Aisha Buhari, and vice president, Dolapo Osinbajo, have been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Elimination of Drug Abuse by president Muhammadu Buhari on Monday at the Presidential Vila.

Their appointment was disclosed during the inauguration of the committee chaired by former Military Administrator of Lagos state, Brig. Gen.
Buba Marwa (retd.), as well as a Ministerial Steering Committee to be chaired by Boss Mustapha, Secretary to the Government of the Federation.

President Buhari, while explaining his reason for selecting his wife and the wife of the Vice-President, described both women as having shown strong commitment to combating drug abuse among Nigerians.

He said: "The appointment of the wives of the President and the Vice-President, as well as the chairpersons of the North and South Governors' Wives Forums as members of this committee, is in recognition of their concerted efforts to the course of eradicating the menace of drug abuse from our society.

"Additionally, the participation of the first ladies is meant to spur further involvement of women and mothers in particular, in view of the significant role they play in parenting and care."

"It is therefore expected that governors' wives across the federation will take the lead in replicating this intervention structure at the states and local government levels."

The president lamented the growing rate of drug abuse to a level where it had become a major public health problem in requiring very urgent attention as illustrated by alarming reports on the abuse of Codeine syrup in states like Kano where up to 3 million bottles were consumed every 24 hours.

"This is a situation of emergency and we must face and address it as such…

"Drug and alcohol abuse are also major occupational hazards among Nigerian workers, professionals, notably drivers, which contribute to making Nigerian roads particularly dangerous.

"The drugs that are commonly abused include but not limited to alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, Tramadol, codeine, etc.

"Today marks the beginning of another milestone in correcting the root cause of some of the ills of today's society in order to safeguard our common existence and guarantee a brighter future for our current generation and those yet on born.

"The role is specifically targeted at decimating the disastrous havoc that drug abuse could cause on the very fabric of our society."

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