The Wife of the Governor of Taraba, Barr. Anna Darius Ishaku yesterday hosted a Stakeholders Workshop/Meeting on TREATNET Practitioners Level Training in Evidence- Based Drug Dependence Treatment at the main auditorium of the Hope Afresh Foundation Taraba in Jalingo.
This forum was a collaboration between the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (U.N.O.D.C) and the Taraba State Government.
In a Keynote Address, the Governor of Taraba State, Arch. Darius Dickson Ishaku who declared the TREATNET Training workshop opened, pledged the sum of 5 million naira and the possibility of Rehabilitation Centers in the State in support of the fight against drug and substance abuse.
The Governor said ” This training programme is the second project marking the collaboration between Taraba State Government and the U.N.O.D.C. To ensure this training goes far and wide, we will be training about a hundred drug treatment practitioners to provide evidence- based drug treatment in the State”.
He also commended what he described as the daring efforts of his wife, Barr. Anna Darius Dickson Ishaku and her Hope Afresh Foundation in bridging the gap in areas where he has unintentionally set aside.
In her speech, Barr. Anna Ishaku, drew the attention of the audience to the menace of drug and substance abuse, which she and her team have tirelessly addressed in the three Zones of the State, while sensitizing the youths and the aged about its dangers.
She also noted the essence of the stakeholders’ meeting as a step to bringing about positive change, reversing the ugly trend and securing the future of our youths.
Furthermore, there was a paper presentation by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Justice, Taraba State Mr. Shitta Yamusa, titled “Overview of the Legal Framework for Combating Substance and Drug Abuse Issues in Nigeria”.
He stipulated the legal perspective of its eradication and gave an in-depth insight on the issues of drug abuse, the laws that have been enacted as relating to drug abuse and penalties for offenders.
Others are the impediments of the Nigerian drug policies, possible solutions such as; proper funding of agencies, proper enlightenment of citizens, training and equipping of Narcotic officers, rehabilitation of drug users, as well as other factors were proffered.
Day One of the event ended with an interactive session where the participants were broken into groups to share their opinions, fears, and possible solutions to the issue on ground.
The ardent participation of Her Excellency in the group interactions shows her passion for curbing drug and substance abuse in Taraba State.
The 4-day training which will be held at the Taraba State University Skills Acquisition Center Jalingo, commenced today 4th July 2017 with the theme ” Response to Drugs and Related Organized Crime in Nigeria”.
It will serve as a platform to critically examine the abuse of drugs and substances in the society, from a legal framework.