Nigeria has been ranked highest in drug use prevalence price on this planet with 14.3% as in opposition to 5.3% for all the world group.
The Nationwide Programme Officer of the United Nations Workplace on Medicine and Crime (UNODC), Folusho Ajayi-Adelekan, made the declaration Tuesday in Abuja at a one-day sensitization workshop on Drug Abuse and Rape.
The occasion was organised by Christabel’s Initiatives and facilitated by the Senate and Home of Representatives joint committee on Narcotic Medicine.
In accordance with her, obtainable statistics present that there are 14.4million drug customers in Nigeria and a 14.3% prevalence price.
This she defined, was greater than the worldwide statistics of 5.3% drug use prevalence price.
She lamented that Nigeria’s 5 years Nationwide Drug Management Grasp plan was not being properly funded.
” The Nationwide Drug Management Grasp Plan Nigeria got here up with throughout the final two years will not be being funded adequately and the menace requires actions packed operational technique that have to be properly funded.
“Other than the dearth of a properly funded operational plan, there aren’t sufficient therapy or rehabilitation centres within the nation for drug addicts.
“Even within the realm of prevention, sufficient actions aren’t being put in place when it comes to schooling, sensitization, and self-discipline on the residence entrance,” she mentioned.
The Speaker of the Home of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who was represented by the Home Chief, Hassan Doguwa, mentioned the time had come to struggle the menace proper from the house entrance and in Colleges at each the first and secondary ranges.
” A lot of the drug addicts within the nation lacked the required self-discipline and respectable upbringing on the residence entrance.
” The very purpose, curricular on the main and secondary colleges ranges, should be reviewed for the inclusion of topics in opposition to drug abuse and violence in opposition to girls, notably, rape.
” On our half as lawmakers, required legislative actions will likely be taken to repeal among the out of date legal guidelines and enact new ones for provision of acceptable penalties for offenders of each offences.
” Although capital punishment or dying penalty could also be thought of too harsh for a convicted rapist, every other extreme punishment have to be put in place to take care of rapists within the land as no punishment might be an excessive amount of,” he mentioned.