FCT minister charges pharmacists for fight against drug abuse


By Abba – Eku Onyeka


The Minister, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Malam Muhammad Musa Bello has charged the Pharmacists Council of Nigeria (PCN) to liaise with other relevant agencies to tackle the menace of drug abuse in the society.

In yesterday’s press release from the Chief Press Secretary (CPS), Anthony Ogunleye, the minister made the charge when a delegation from the Council led by the Chairman of its Governing Council, Prof Ahmed Tijjani Mora paid a courtesy visit to the FCTA yesterday.

Making his point, Malam Bello said that Drug abuse was a huge challenge in Nigeria as a number of crimes and criminal activities can be attributed to, adding that multiplier effect of the control of drug abuse in Nigeria will be enormous. He however pledged collaboration of the FCTA with the PCN especially in the activities of the Council’s Pharmaceutical Inspection Committee.

Speaking earlier, Prof Ahmed Tijjani Mora, commended the FCT Administration for its very robust approach to drug distribution within the Territory.

Also present at the event were the Permanent Secretary, FCTA, Mr Olusade Adesola, Chief of Staff to the FCT Minister, Malam Bashir Mai-Bornu, the Ag Secretary of the Health and Human Services Secretariat, Dr Mohammed Kawu, the Registrar of the PCN Dr Elijah Mohammed and the Ag General Manager, FCT Hospital Management Board, Dr Francis Alu amongst others.