By Bukar Bolori
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has taken the campaign against drug abuse to the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs camp.
A press statement by the spokesman of the agency, Femi Babafemi on Thursday said NDLEA official were at the Durumi IDPs camp in Abuja on Tuesday a day sensitization and interactive session.
He revealed that the event was organised by the agency’s Directorate of Drug Demand Reduction in collaboration with the National Commission for Refugees, Migrant and Internally Displaced Persons.
Speaking at the sensitization event, the Director, Drug Demand Reduction, Dr. Ngozi Madubuike, who interacted with the women, children and youths, said the Chairman/Chief Executive of the NDLEA was working tirelessly to curb drug abuse among all Nigerians and even those on the camp and every other IDP camp in the country.
She noted that the NDLEA czar understands the pains and the trauma they are going through being away from home, promising that henceforth, the presence of the NDLEA in the camp will be permanent with the establishment of a counselling unit.
She therefore sought their support to aid the elimination of drug abuse and other related crimes in the camp, while explaining to them facts on the pains associated with drug abuse and urged them to stop any such habit.
The Federal Commissioner for the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and IDPs, represented by Miss Jamila Iliwasu, praised the NDLEA Chairman for instituting the Counselling Unit links with the IDP camp, describing it as a laudable project aimed at curbing drug abuse in the IDPs camp.
Also speaking at the event, Chairman of the Durumi IDPs Camp, Ibrahim Amadu described the project as a “first of its kind.”
He said he was not suprised to see the NDLEA visiting his Camp for the first time because he knew Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa will not fail in doing what he knows best.
He thanked President Muhammadu Buhari for appointing Marwa as Chairman of the NDLEA, while promising maximum support of the IDPs in the camp for the programme.