Dutse — The National Agency for Foods, Drugs and Administration Control (NAFDAC) has called on Jigawa State government to check the influx of illegal drugs from Niger Republic which shares border with the state.
The call was contained in a statement made at a press briefing in Dutse by Adefolarin Adeleke, a deputy director of the agency at the end of their inspection visits to selected emirates and towns in Jigawa yesterday.
"NAFDAC in the last few weeks has embarked on state visits to inspect the drug markets. Jigawa is the 32nd state we are visiting. After going round the emirates of Dutse, Ringim and touring several towns within these emirates, let me say that we scored Jigawa 83 percent in terms of safe drugs in the state. This is largely due to the effort of the state government run drug scheme under Jigawa drugs Supply Company. However, we noticed the presence of drugs like Artemeter which is registered in Niger Republic in Jigawa. This is not healthy and we advise the state government to check this menace through the border towns".
Adeleke said the agency is going to establish a border post in Maigatari and Babura to check the menace, adding that there is need for more border post to check the influx of drugs from Niger Republic. He called on the people to patronize genuine drug dealers instead patent medicine stores for their drug needs.