By Mohammed Kabir
The Kano State Government has vowed to deal with drug users and traffickers in the state.
The Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje, stated this when the state’s Multi Agency Task Force on Drug Abuse and Trafficking paid him a courtesy call at the Government House on Saturday.
“We are not going to tolerate anybody on this issue. This is not an issue of tribalism, not an issue of regionalism, not an issue of religion, it is an issue of humanity.
“Therefore, because it touches humanity, its touches everybody. We have to follow legal procedure to deal with anybody found in this business, there is no exception whatsoever,” the governor warned.
He promised that his administration would give the taskforce every support to discharge its duties effectively. He assured the taskforce that his administration is a continuation of the immediate past government, maintaining that whatever the committee needed in term of logistics would be provided.
Mr. Ganduje said his government would meet with drug pharmacies in the state to find out bad eggs among them who encouraged and benefited from hard drug use. He said more strategies have to be devised to nip the problem in the bud.
Earlier, the chairman of the task force and Kano Commandant of the NDLEA, Ahmad Garba, said since the committee was inaugurated in 2012, the state’s contribution to drug abuse and trafficking in Nigeria was reduced from over 14 per cent to 6 per cent. He added that the dislodgement of black spots in Kano and the establishment of the Reformatory Institute, Kiru, have assisted in curtailing drug abuse in the state.
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