Worried about high consumption of illicit drugs among youths, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has concluded arrangement to set up clubs in secondary schools and tertiary institutions in Katsina State with a view to fighting the menace.
The state Commandant of NDLEA, Mrs. Maryam Sani told newsmen in Katsina yesterday that the drug free clubs are to be set up in collaboration with state ministry of education.
Mrs. Sani said Katsina was among states leading with high consumption of illicit drugs, especially cough syrup among young girls and married women.
She explained that NDLEA would soon organise workshops for principals and lecturers of some selected schools for successful take off of the drug free clubs.
According to her, the trainees are to manage the drug free clubs.
Mrs. Sani further said the agency would intensify public enlightenment through media and distribution of pamphlets in schools and market places to educate people on the dangers in sales and consumption of illicit drugs.
Mrs. Sani said, recently the agency had arrested six street drug hawkers for selling expired drugs, tramadol and cough syrup, saying the arrested hawkers would soon be charged to court.
“We raided different joints within Kaduna metropolis, and drug dealers were arrested during the operation.”
The commandant called on parents to assist the agency in its fight to make Katsina a drug free state.
Mrs. Sani also appealed to Katsina state government to construct additional detention cell at the headquarters of the agency and provide it with vehicles to carry out its responsibility.

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