The Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Buba Marwa, has said that 15 million Nigerians indulge in the consumption of illicit drugs.
Mr Marwa disclosed this in an interactive session with Local Government Chairmen in Plateau on Wednesday in Jos.
He decried the surge in the distribution and consumption of illicit substances, adding that one out of seven Nigerians indulged in drug abuse.
The chairman said that the surge in drug abuse had destroyed many youths and communities, hence the rationale for the interactive session.
“As I speak to you, 15 million Nigerians use illicit drugs; one out of seven Nigerians take hard substances.
“Drug propels a lot of negative actions particularly among young people; it is destroying our youths and even the communities.
“So, we have come to interact with local government chairmen, so that together we can find a lasting solution to this menace.
” We want the chairmen to work with and support us to kick this hydra headed monster called drug abuse out of our society, “he said.
Shehu Usman, Chairman of Jos North local Government, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, thanked Marwa for organising the interactive session.
He maintained that such move would go further to create awareness on the dangers of drug abuse and other vices.
He promised that the chairmen would collaborate and support the NDLEA to curb all forms of drug abuse in the society.