*As Marwa Tasks Women to Rise Against Attempts to Legalize Cannabis
THE National Council of Women Societies, NCWS, has requested for a working relationship with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in the war against the disturbing prevalence of drug abuse in the country.
National President of the Council, Dr. Mrs. Gloria Laraba Shoda, made the call in Abuja when she led some national officers of the group on a courtesy visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, Retd, at the national headquarters of the Agency.
Dr. Mrs. Shoda, who commended Gen. Marwa, officers and men of NDLEA for doing so much within a very short time, bemoaned the level of drug abuse among, particularly Nigerian women, adding that there is therefore an urgent need for partnership with the agency to salvage the development.
“It’s unfortunate that women now hold drug parties where each one brings her own illicit drug and from the collection, they produce a cocktail of illicit substances to get high. At the NCWS, we are worried by this and that’s why we have come to seek partnership with NDLEA in view of the recent excellent work being done by the Gen. Marwa new leadership of the Agency”, she stated.
Gen. Marwa, who expressed gratitude over the call for partnership, noted in his response that the NCWS is central to the ongoing efforts to reduce and or control drug demand and supply in the country. He added that the need for partnership at this point cannot be overemphasized in so far women, as home builders, play pivotal roles in family development.
“I’m happy you have structures down to the local governments and communities because we have almost 15 million drug users and one in four is a woman. Women are central to the home and whatever they do have consequences on the entire family structure.
“We have been sweeping the drugs off our streets as much as we can but we need to face the demand end, hence the need for collaboration with the NCWS,” the NDLEA boss stated.
While reiterating the fact that NDLEA will intensify its Advocacy for drug test in schools as part of deterrent measures, Gen. Marwa urged the NCWS to join the campaign against attempts to legalise cannabis in the country.
“You have to support drug test for our university students and intending couples. If prospective suitors know drug test will be a condition for marriage, they will abstain from drug use.
“You have to join the movement against those pushing for legalisation of cannabis. Otherwise, we may be building more rehabilitation centres than hospitals. Women are the power of the nation, as such you must never allow this legalisation move,” Gen. Marwa charged.