Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Kebbi Drug Epidemic: Gov. Bagudu inaugurates task force

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has approved establishing a task force to end the state’s drug epidemic.

• August 10, 2021
Photo people taking drugs (Credit: BBC)
Photo people taking drugs (Credit: BBC)

Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi has approved establishing a task force to end the state’s drug epidemic.

The task force will review and provide informed policies and programmes on drug and substance abuse in Kebbi.

The approval is contained in a circular signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Babale Umar-Yauri, issued Tuesday.

According to the circular, a retired assistant inspector general of police, Umar Ambursa, is the task force chairman.

The governor’s wife, Zainab Shinkafi-Bagudu, will serve as the task force’s patron.

“The task force is mandated to assist in reviewing and providing informed comments on policies and programmes relating to drug and substance abuse,” stated the circular. “It will also facilitate and assist in respect of policy and programme initiatives in the fight against drug and substance abuse.”

The committee will recommend and support conferences, seminars, and meetings to prevent, treat, and reduce drug abuse.

“The committee will also routinely recommend and support the award of scholarships and sponsorships in basic and advance training in matters relating to addictions, as well as to encourage research and publications,” it said.

Members of the committee include representatives of the Nigerian police, NDLEA, NSCDC, NAFDAC, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria and the Nigerian Medical Association, and the ministries of justice, education and health.

Others are representatives of ministries of Youth and Sports Development and Women and Social Development, NGOs and civil society organisations.

The task force members are also drawn from the Council of Ulamas, the Christian Association of Nigeria, youth and student organisations, and Gwandu, Argungu, Yauri and Zuru emirates.


We have recently deactivated our website's comment provider in favour of other channels of distribution and commentary. We encourage you to join the conversation on our stories via our Facebook, Twitter and other social media pages.

More from Peoples Gazette


Thousands protest over Denmark’s move to abolish Christian holiday

The Christian holiday that falls on the fourth Friday after Easter dates to 1686.


UK ambassador lauds NRC legacy documentation

NRC is partnering Oxford University to document the corporation’s legacy.


Google launches Bard AI to rival ChatGPT

Google is coming out soon with its version of ChatGPT called Bard.

Bola Tinubu and Buhari in Jos


After Buhari, it’s Tinubu’s turn to be president: Akeredolu

According to Mr Akeredolu, Bola Tinubu has the pedigree to transform Nigeria.

Oil rig


NUPRC gazettes five oil industry regulations

The Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission has gazetted five petroleum industry regulations.

President Muhammadu Buhari/Atiku Abubakar


Atiku tells Buhari not to make Nigerians scapegoats of poorly implemented naira policy

Atiku Abubakar said the new naira notes’ introduction was badly managed.