The Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA) Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu has appealed to stakeholders to intensify effort at increasing awareness on the impact of drug use in Nigeria.

At a two day training for journalists and other Media stakeholders organised by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, (UNODC) he urged for a concerted action to stem the rising drug tide in the country.

The theme of the workshop is Media Anti-Corruption, Police Accountability, Wildlife Crime, and Sensitization on Drugs and Drug Prevention, Treatment, and Care (DPTC)

The Director General emphasised the media’s role as indispensable in the fight against corruption, ensuring police accountability, combating wildlife crime and sensitising the public on drugs and drug prevention, treatment and care (DPTC).

He highlighted that NOA’s CLHEEAN thematic framework aims to tackle various issues and specifically targets the activities of drug dealers and consumers under “Narcotics”.

NOA, with its extensive reach, has established platforms to enhance information gathering, making them accessible to stakeholders. These platforms enhance the capacity of stakeholders to carry out their duties by leveraging media and community engagement platforms of the Agency.

Mr. Oliver Stolpe, Country Representative of UNODC, spoke about their partnership with Nigeria, focusing on drug trafficking, deforestation and drug cultivation. He also advised against the proposed death penalty for drug offenders saying “there is no evidence that it has solved the problem anywhere where it in practise”

Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Rtd), chairman of Nigeria Drug Law Enformcemnt Commission (NDLEA) in his remark, emphasised that reducing drug abuse and preventing its recurrence is at the core of NDLEA’s mission. He appreciated UNODC’s partnership and the media’s role in disseminating information through sensitisation efforts.

Paul Odenyi
Deputy Director, Press.

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