The Kano State Government has just approved for mandatory drug tests to be conducted on all political appointees, civil servants, and students seeking admission into the tertiary institutions.
The Kano State Commissioner for Information, Mallam Muhammad Garba, stated this while updating newsmen on the outcome of the weekly State Executive Council meeting in Kano on Thursday.
He said that the policy was adopted by the state executive council in an effort to mitigate the problem of drug abuse in the state.
Garba stated that “All political appointees, civil servants particularly the ones that are due for promotion and students seeking admission will henceforth undergo the compulsory drug test in the state.”
This update comes months after the Nigeria Bar Association, (NBA) in Kano established that practitioners intending to join the association would have to undergo mandatory drug tests in order to ascertain their mental fitness.
The Kano State NBA had decried the rise of drug abuse in the state and also announced its support of the decision by the Federal Government to ban the importation of codeine into the country.
Why It Matters: Drug abuse is a big deal in Kano. The National Drug Law enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says Kano had the highest number of young people engaged in drugs and substance abuse (December 2017 figures). Seven out of ten youths in Kano state reportedly abuse drugs. Additionally, it was estimated that about 3 million bottles of codeine were consumed daily in Kano and Jigawa States alone.