By Lucy Ackanyon
Wife of Benue State Governor, Dr (Mrs) Eunice Ortom, alongside other state governors wives in Nigeria have received training in drug abuse and organised crime.
Mrs Ortom and her counterparts received the training, after participating in a two-day workshop on Response to Drugs and Organised Crime in Nigeria.
Declaring the workshop open, Tuesday in Abuja, Chairman of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Gen. Buba Marwa (Rtd) stated that though the agency was not resting in its fight against drug trafficking and substance abuse, the rate of drug use in the country was about four times the global average.
Marwa called on the first ladies to chair drug control committees in their states for more effective outcome, stating that they have huge influence on the most affected demography which consists of youth and women.
In her remark, the wife of the Vice President, Mrs Dolapo Osinbajo commended the Gen. Marwa led NDLEA for taking significant steps in curbing drug trafficking in Nigeria.
She encouraged Nigerian governors wives to prioritize the fight against drug abuse and trafficking by taking the campaign to state levels and local communities.
A statement by the Press Coordinator of the Wife of the Benue State Governor, Mr Shimataver Aondoakaa said the workshop themed: ‘Drug Prevention and Treatment at the State Level: Challenges, Opportunities”, was organised by the NDLEA in collaboration with the United Nations Office on Drug Control (UNODC) and the European Union (EU).