“Gov Sani Bello Concern With The Ugly Trend Ofdrug Abuse” – Dr. Jibril

By Fodio Ahmed
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The Niger State Commissioner of Health, Dr. Mustapha Jibril who was represented by the Ministry’s Permanent Secretary, Dr. Ibrahim Tiffin Shugaba has disclosed the very sad position of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State regarding drug distribution, abuse and other substance abuses in the State.

The Governor’s position was made known on Wednesday while declaring open a 1-DAY ETHICAL RE-ORIENTATION WORKSHOP FOR DIRECTORS OF PHARMACIES (NON-PHARMACIST DIRECTORS) held at Dogon Koli Hotel in Minna, the Niger State Capital.

The Speech reads ;
It is my pleasure to welcome you all to this one day ethical re-orientation workshop for Directors of Pharmacies (Non-Pharmacist Directors), most like first of its kind nationwide. You are targeted because of your critical role as stakeholders in the health care services delivery in the State and country at large. Although most of you are not health professionals, the drugs and other health commodities you handle forms a major component of health care service delivery hence importance in health sector cannot be over emphasized.

I wish to bring to your notice the lob sided distribution of Pharmaceutical Premises within the State. As you might have observed from the self introduction of the participants in this workshop, the premises are mostly concentrated only in 3 out of the 25 Local Government Areas of the state, therefore, therefore, I urge you to move into other Local Government Areas to fill in the gabs.

In the same vein, the present administration led by his Excellency Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the Governor of Niger State is concern with the ugly trend of drug abuse and misuse among youths and some married women in the State. He has therefore mandated us to reach out to all stakeholders in the drug distribution channel in the State to the view to ensure that this menace is contained.

In addition, the distribution of fake and counterfeit drugs within the state and the country at large is disheartening as this has led to treatment failures and death of many of our families. It has also impacted negatively on the economy of individuals, the state and the country at large.

In the light of these, I request all of you present at this workshop to be ethical in doing your legitimate business. I also request you pay much needed attention to the team of able facilitators as the present their papers to you, so as to grasp as much as possible for the purpose of applying them on the way you conduct your businesses. I urge you to come up with a communiqué that can be presented at the next National Council on Health, so that it can be replicated by other States throughout the country.

Dr. Tiffin concluded declaring the workshop open to the glory of Almighty Allah and benefit of Nigerlites, Nigerians and Mankind while praying the workshop makes Niger State a reference point in terms of healthy drug management and distribution.