Taraba state government has called for the inclusion of the National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control, NAFDAC, into the Nigerian schools curriculum to help reduce drugs abuse related offences among youths.
The state commissioner for education, Mr. Yakobu Agbaizo disclosed this yesterday while speaking at the NAFDAC consumer safety club, 11th state award ceremony for 2013 schools competition in Jalingo.
According to him, the regulatory agencies like NAFDAC, pharmaceutical council of Nigeria among other agencies, were not doing enough in the area of monitoring to arrest and prosecute offenders.
The commissioner, who expressed concern over increase incidences of drug abuse, called for enactment of a law that would warrant pharmacists to sell drugs to only people with prescriptions from competent persons to check the menace of drug abuse.
He appealed for continuous monitoring by NAFDAC and other relevant agencies in the rural areas where people do terrible things claiming to be doctors and pharmacists.
The state Director of NAFDAC, Pharm. Joseph Asikpo had earlier informed that NAFDAC Consumer Safety Club, NCSC, came into being as a result of increase in cases of drugs abuse among youths and the need to catch them young necessitated the agency to set up NAFDAC clubs in schools to check the trend.
He wondered why many schools has not embraced the club, insisting that the awareness was not well spread as expected in the state and appealed to schools and the general public to key into the programme as according to him the agency alone could not create the awareness successfully.
Miss Anita Utor Terungwa of Winners Comprehensive Secondary School Jalingo who won the 2013 edition thanked NAFDAC for initiating the competition and urged students to help the agency in creating awareness for a drug free society.

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