The Malam Niga Rehabilitation and Reformation Centre has said that it has rehabilitated no fewer than 1,000 drug addicts in Katsina State and reintegrated them back into the society. Punch reports
The centre said out of this number, 50 who were women and were now happily married.
The Proprietor of the centre, Malam Salisu Hamisu, revealed this on Sunday when the Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drugs, Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa (retd), led his team to the centre for an on-the-spot assessment as part of efforts to finding solutions to the problems of drug abuse and the consumption of illicit drugs in Nigeria.
The faith-based rehabilitation centre, which was established in 1996 and located at Kofar Durbi in the heart of Katsina, currently has over 200 drug addicts undergoing rehabilitation.
Hamisu said many of the victims were Nigerians, while a few were from Niger Republic, Chad and Cameroon, adding that the rehabilitation of each inmate takes between six and 12 months.
He advised parents to be vigilant and monitor their children to ensure that they did not keep bad company.
He also urged the government to provide avenues to keep the youth gainfully engaged through the provision of skills and jobs that would not only keep them busy, but also make them contribute meaningfully to the society.
Hamisu stated, “In fact, our school has graduated over 1,000 persons since inception and they are now fully integrated into the society and have become useful to themselves, their parents and the society at large.
“We married off over 50 females, who are now in their matrimonial homes without any complaints whatsoever.”
Marwa told Northern City News that such private initiatives should be encouraged and supported.
The former Lagos and Borno state military administrator, who also paid a similar visit to the Katsina State-owned rehabilitation centres at Babba-ruga and Daura, said President Muhammadu Buhari was set to tackle the menace of drug abuse in the country.
He said, “The global consumption of drugs is five per cent, while in Nigeria, the figure is about 15 per cent. Currently, about 15 million Nigerians consume drugs, out of which three million are addicts already. It is a serious problem that we have on hand.
“That is why we have to commend President Buhari for stepping in to decisively deal with the problem and for setting up our committee.
“Although no time limit was given to us to submit our report, we on our own have set a time limit so that we can submit our report on time to fit into the agenda of the government.”