The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd) on Monday in Abuja, unveiled the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP) targeted at tackling drug trafficking and abuse in the country.
The five-year plan which would run from 2021-2025, was produced with the support of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), civil society organisations and other key stakeholders.
Marwa, represented by the NDLEA Secretary, Mr Shadrach Haruna, explained that the master plan was built on four major pillars to address the drug issues in a comprehensive, balanced, human rights-focused and gender-responsive manner.
The four pillars include Drug Supply and Demand Reduction, Access to Controlled Medicines for Medical and Scientific Purposes as well as Governance and Coordination.
“All these addresses the drug issues in a comprehensive, balanced, human rights-focused and gender-responsive manner.
“Aside from its functionality, NDCMP 2021-2025 is symbolic of the continuity and advancement in the effort of the Nigerian government to address the evolving drug situation.
“It is the outcome of two years of coordinated, collaborative and multi-agency efforts comprising experts from all the relevant Government Ministries, Departments and Agencies,(MDAs) as well as Civil Society Organisations (CSOs)“An effective campaign against the production, trafficking and abuse of illicit substances requires a result-oriented, proactive and all-encompassing Modus Operandi that is consistent with globally acceptable practices and standards,” he said.
The NDLEA boss said that NDCMP 2021-2025 provided the needed flip concerning strategic direction, effective prioritisation, collaboration and inclusiveness of all relevant partners and stakeholders.
“Our ultimate objective is to promote the health, security and wellbeing of all living in Nigeria, ” he said.
Speaking, the Attorney General of the Federation, Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, who launched the document, said that it was central to Nigeria’s approach to tackling the menace of drug abuse.