Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano has said that plans are in progress to start mandatory medication tests for political office holders, government employees, and students looking for entrance into tertiary institutions in the state.
In an announcement made by the state Commissioner for Information, Malam Muhammed Garba, on Friday, to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse, said the obligatory medications test would start when the state Drug Administration Agency starts activity.
“The Ganduje-led administration has been passionate about fighting illicit drug trafficking and abuse and set up a task force.
“The governor instituted programmes aimed at curtailing drug abuse. This includes setting up and streamlining activities for the stats Task Force committee, which had intercepted and destroyed about a billion naira worth drugs,” he said.
He called for aggressive mainstreaming and social media campaigns to counter the drug threat that had endangered many nations’ lives and economies.
Recall that the UN General Assembly proclaimed the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illegal Trafficking to be observed every June 26.
Its aim is to demonstrate its commitment to achieve the objective of a drug-free International Society.
The 2020 theme of the day “Better knowledge for better care” emphasized the need to enhance understanding of the drug problem around the world.