The Presidential Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Drug Abuse has recommended scrapping out adverts for recreational drugs like alcohol to discourage its excessive use.
The Committee’s Chairman, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, made this known on Monday while being interviewed by newsmen over the drug abuse problem in Nigeria.
“You really can’t say zero-alcohol because people have the rights,” he said. “But when you consume more than is required and perhaps you are caught driving drunk, you know there is a penalty. So these penalties also have to be enforced.”
Marwa’s committee was set up by law in December 2018 and submitted its report to the President in October 2019.
But there has not been any implementation as regarding the report as it is being reviewed by a second committee led by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha.
According to Marwa, the second committee will meet later this week and he would be “surprised” if its implementation does not “start in another month.”
“The drug control scourge in Nigeria, unless it is tackled, we are finished,” Marwa said.