By Chioma Obinna

THE Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), yesterday, called for more private sector participation in the fight against drug abuse in Nigeria.

Speaking during his working visit to the Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry, CADAM, at the Enoch and Folu Adeboye Rehabilitation Centre, Araga, Epe in Lagos, Marwa, who specifically urged Non Governmental organizations and well-to-do individuals to join in the campaign, commended CADAM for their contribution in the fight.

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He said: “In this war against drug abuse, the totality of Nigerians has to stand up, not leaving the work only to the NDLEA or CADAM.

“We all have to stand up to take back our country from the stranglehold of drug abuse. Well-to-do individuals, NGOs and private organisations can augment our effort by setting up private rehab centres such as what CADAM is doing.

“We only have 11 modern rehab centres in the whole country under the federal ministry of health. This is not enough. Recently I was invited to commission one in Ogbomosho set up by a community.”

Earlier, the Director General of CADAM, Dr Dokun Adedeji intimated to the NDLEA boss about the strides that CADAM has made in recent times including the centres with which it works across the country.

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