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NASS inaugurates Anambra drug monitoring committee

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By Phil Okose, Onitsha

The Joint Committee of the Senate and House of Representatives on Drugs and Nacotics, has inaugurated the State Unit, National Association of Nigeria Drug Monitoring (NANDRUM), as part of efforts to control the sale and consumption of fake drugs in Nigeria.

The event which took place last Thursday at Shalom House, GRA Onitsha, Anambra state, had the clerk of Senate and House of Representatives Committee on Narcotic and Drugs of the National Assembly, Mr. Isah Garba and over 500 dealers in Anambra state in attendance.

The executive secretary of the National Association of Drug Monitoring, NANDRUM, Dr. Christabel Okoye, said that drug abuse, trafficking and crime had impacted so much negatively on the country through crime and insecurity.

According to her, insecurity included activities of bandits, Boko Haram, rapists, armed robbers, kidnappers and violent crimes leading to farmers and herdsmen clashes across the country.

She said “it is in view of this that NANDRUM was established to checkmate the influx of unwholesome and substandard drugs and to bring the drug dealers together in one voice and vision.”

She explained that with NANDRUM, drug business would have intervention, unnecessary policies would be looked into and dignity would be restored among drug dealers in Nigeria. She also said that NANDRUM, as a federal government and National Assembly-recognised association, would work towards elevating the status of drug dealers association as a noble organisation.

In his speech, Garba advised the drug dealers in the state to identify with the activities of NANDRUM which aim at reducing drug-related crime in the country.

He commended the leadership of NANDRUM for the effort in sensitising the drug dealers and members of the public on dangers of drug abuse and fake drugs.

Also speaking, the deputy commissioner of police Anambra state, S.U. Akpandmu, said that several crimes in the country were traced to drug abuse  and narcotics. He advised parents to be more pro-active in monitoring the movement of their children in order to avoid their joining bad groups.

He pledged the assistance of the state police command towards the successful execution of activation of NANDRUM in the state.

The occasion witnessed Ajamma Donatus Ajamma as chairman, Comrade Gilbert Emefor, vice chairman, four women leaders in charge of various drug sales markets and 18 members of Task Force in the state.

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