Kano State Government has confiscated and destroyed expired and illicit drugs valued at N5 billion at over 15 destruction exercises held across the State.
The State Governor Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje made the assertion Tuesday at the destruction exercise of Fake, Counterfeit and Abusive drugs substances which took place at the NDLEA Premises in Kano.
Ganduje represented by his Deputy Dr. Nasiru Yusuf Gawuna observed that the menace of drug abuse, illicit drugs, substandard and fake drugs is something that is worrisome, stressing that the State Government would continue to do everything possible to control the situation.
This was contained in a statement issued by Chief Press Secretary to the state Deputy Governor Hassan Musa Fagge and obtained by Solacebase.
” I want to say that as at this time, those illicit and expired drugs worth over N5b have been confiscated and destroyed in Kano. Today as we are witnessing again, fake, expired, unwholesome and abusive drugs through seizure, confiscation, and forfeiture worth N543 million are going to be destroyed ” he announced.
According to the statement, he attributed the success to the commitment of the present administration through its taskforce committee on counterfeit, fake and unwholesome processed food which had been working tirelessly to rid the State from illicit drugs.
Ganduje said, ” the committee specifically consists of members from the Nigeria Police force, Civil defence, KAROTA, Hisbah, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, NAFDAC, PCN, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Justice, Vigilante and the Community “.
The Governor said the State had made it clear and mandated that all employments and appointments by the State Government are now subject to confirmatory laboratory result of non-drug use, adding that ” this administration is also on the process of establishing Drug Abuse Control Agency to have an effective drug demand reduction and supply reduction services ”
Earlier, the State Commissioner Ministry for Health Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa explained that drug abuse control basically consists of three major components that include demand reduction, Supply reduction and Harm reduction.
To achieve better results, Dr. Tsanyawa reiterated the determination of the State Ministry of Health is partnering with all necessary Stakeholders particularly the 3 Federal regulatory agencies namely PCN, NAFDAC, NDLEA and the Security Agencies in ridding the State of the menace of drugs abuse, fake and counterfeit products.
The State Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency and the representative of the Pharmaceutical Council of Nigeria were among the dignitaries that presented goodwill messages at the occasion.