Worried by the high incidence of drugs abuse among the youths and its attendant consequences on the individual and society at large, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA Bayelsa State Command, has called for support and partnership from the government, multinational oil companies, churches and other well-meaning organizations in the fight against drugs abuse and illicit trafficking in the state.
The NDLEA state Commander, Mr. Kupi Maulsei made the call while speaking with newsmen in Yenagoa to commemorate the 2020 United Nations International Day against Drugs Abuse and illicit trafficking with the theme: ” Better Knowledge for Better Care”.
According to him, the major challenge hampering the effective fight against drug abuse and trafficking is that of funding and solicited for more funding as well as logistics to enable it succeed in its constitutional mandate.
Mr. Maulsei explained that in line with this year’s theme: “Better Knowledge for Better Care”, there is the urgent need for all stakeholders to work in synergy to eradicate the menace posed by drugs abuse and illicit trafficking in the society.
He noted that most people engage in drugs abuse because of boredom, socialization, entertainment and to enhance their sex life as well as their work rate in order to earn more income, stating that the youths between the age brackets of 16-to- 37 are the major consumers of these hard drugs.
He said:” we need the multinational oil companies, government, churches and other well-meaning organizations to support and partner with us so that we can be embarking on awareness campaigns. We need sponsorship and we don’t have the capability to do all these things, the funds is not there and even logistics also.
” If we have the funds, we can be talking about drugs everyday in the month, to embark on sensitization we need to print fliers, show slides and logistics in terms of bringing people to gather. In all our greatest challenge is that of lack of funds.
” The command lacks operational vehicles and needs well equipped rehabilitation centre to properly care for drugs dependant persons. As we speak the command presently have a rehabilitation centre that can only care for a maximum of ten drugs users.
” That is why we are appealing to government to help us with a bigger facility to care about 50 clients at time and if we can have that we will be turning out quite a number of drug dependent persons from the habit.
” The command is also appealing to the multinational oil companies and other well-meaning meaning organizations to partner with NDLEA in drugs education programmes and sponsorship of drugs awareness campaigns,” Maulsei stated.
He called on parents of drugs dependant persons to avail themselves of the services provided by the agency’s rehabilitation centre in order to enable these drugs addicts come out of their habits, saying that the agency has the specialisation to counsell and rehabilitate drugs dependant persons and enjoined the society to integrate them instead of ostracising them.