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NDLEA To Inaugurate 3 Drug Rehabilitation Centres In 2024

Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA)

THE National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is to inaugurate three new model rehabilitation centre before the end of the year 2024.

The Director of Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Abuja.

Babafemi said that the agency was no longer scratching the surface adding that indeed the agency was getting to the root of the problems associated with drug abuse and illicit trafficking.

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He said that there was hardly no community in Nigeria that do not have problem of substance abuse saying awareness and advocacy helped in curbing to the barest minimum.

According to him, this is why you have these whole level of awareness all over the country.

“That’s why the agency brought on board the War Aganist Drug Abuse (WADA) initiatives to mobilise everybody, be you, families, Faith based Organisations, community, all strata of the society to get involved in this whole thing.

“We are having three new model rehabilitation center coming up this year which will be commissioned very soon.

“This shows you that the leadership of this country is well informed about the problems of drugs in Nigeria and he is giving great support to NDLEA .

“We are glad about that and the partnership the agency is having with other organisations and institutions.

“Drug abuse is a global challenge. We don’t have time to waste and that’s why we are running faster and driving hard to ensure that we respond to the global challenge, “he said.

Speaking on the renewed initiative of the agency, Babafemi said that the whole essence was to drive awareness towards drug testing.

NAN reports that President Bola Tinubu had launched “Save Our Families Campaign” initiative to strengthen the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking on June 26.

Babafemi said that there was need for parents to also take ownership of their children upbringing.

He said that the agency had now provided thousands of test kits that could be used in the home and offices among others.

According to him, you don’t have to get into a facility before you used this test kits, just like people seat in their home and test for diabetes , pregnancy and others .

“Don’t forget that the family is the smallest unit of the society and more often than not, that’s where some of these problems start from.

“So if we are trying to get to the bottom of it and to solve the situation, we also have to go back to the family level to get, moblise parent, to get them to start parenting , to take ownership of the upbringing of their children.

“Parent need to be intentional in parenting. We have definitely gone beyond that and apart from that, you have also seen that NDLEA keeps coming up everyday and every time with new strategy.

“We simplify the process so that parents can now get their homes to check whether their kids are into substance abuse. This is for early detection.

“When you discover it early, you can then quickly seek help because at the early stages of substance abuse, it’s easier to tackle to treat than when it becomes a state of addiction, then it becomes very complex and complicated.

“That is to show that indeed we are making progress. One of the things the “save our families campaign” solve is Prevention, “he said.(NAN)

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