President Muhammadu Buhari has appointed members of the presidential advisory committee on the elimination of drug abuse. His wife, Aisha Buhari, and Dolapo Osinbajo were also appointed as members of the presidential advisory committee on the elimination of drug abuse.
The members of the presidential advisory committee which was inaugurated on Monday, December 10, include the High level Ministerial Steering committee headed by the Secretary to the Government or the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha and a Presidential Advisory Committee headed by former military administrator of Lagos State, Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, the wife of the vice president, Dolapo Osinbajo, representatives of governors’ wives forum (north and south). The committee has the former military administration of Lagos, Brig Gen Buba Marwa, retired, as its chairman.
Buhari during the inauguration of the committee at the Presidential Villa described drug abuse as a major public health problem in the country.
He called for a collective action to help those enslaved by drugs build a new life. The president stated that the challenges posed by drugs in the country had created an emergency situation that needs to be addressed. “Drug and alcohol abuse are also major occupational hazards among Nigerian workers, professionals, notably drivers, which contribute to making Nigerian roads particularly dangerous,” Buhari said. “The drugs that are commonly abused include but not limited to alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, Tramadol, codeine, etc.
“Today marks the beginning of another milestone in correcting the root cause of some of the ills of today’s society in order to safeguard our common existence and guarantee a brighter future for our current generation and those yet on born.
“The role is specifically targeted at decimating the disastrous havoc that drug abuse could cause on the very fabric of our society.’’ He said the concerted efforts by the wives of the president and the vice-president as well as the chairpersons of the north and south governors’ wives forum in championing the eradication of the menace of drug abuse from our society prompted their appointments as members of the committee.
“Additionally, the participation of the First Ladies is meant to spur further involvement of women and mothers in particular, in view of the significant role they play in parenting and care. “It is therefore expected that Governors’ Wives across the federation will take the lead in replicating this intervention structure at the states and local government levels,’’ he added.