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The Federal Government has declared its resolve to ban the importation and shipment of tramadol and other harmful drugs into the country.
Speaking at the flag off of a Youth Against Drug Abuse (YADA) Awareness Campaign organized by NAFDAC) and Yung Pharmacists Group, the Director General, National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC), Professor Mojisola Christiana Adeyeye, disclosed that NAFDAC was working hard with India and China to put an end to the continued shipment of banned drugs to Nigeria.
According to her, “NAFDAC is assiduously working with governments of South East Asia to stop drugs that can destroy our youths to leave their shores”
She expressed worry over the fact that Tramadol, with higher prescription strengths of 120, 225 and 500 mg and marked “For Exports Only”, are being shipped to Nigeria from China and India.
“These drugs are not allowed in these countries, but they don’t see any problem in exporting them to our country” she told her audience, which included the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osibanjo and the Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi and hundreds of youth groups and organisations.
enforcing agencies to realise that the fight against drugs abuse is a fight for the future of Nigeria.
The Emir of Kano, Mallam Muhammad Sanusi 11 condemned the growing incident of drug abuse in the society, while associating the phenomenon to the level of poverty and the failure of the system.
“In the last three or four decades, we have had the process of de-industrialisation and an increasing level of poverty, resulting in a large number of unemployed youths, a very large number of out of school children and a lot of frustrated people” he stated.
For her part, wife of the President, Hajia Aisha Buhari, while decrying the prevalence of drugs among youths, urged the society not to criminalise victims of drug abuse in the country but to address the cause of the problem.
Represented by the wife of the Vice President, Mrs. Dolapo Osinbajo, she lamented that many youths have gone astray while many lives have been destroyed as a result of the influence of drugs in the society.