The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has considered conducting a compulsory drug test for single ladies before their marriage.
The chairman of the agency, Mohammed Mustapha Abdalla on Friday said drug tests would have to be a part of premarital screenings because of the high rate of drug addiction among married women and girls in the Country.
He stated that illicit trafficked drugs, which used to be among the male youth, is fast expanding to include girls, young women, and old married women.
“As an extension of the proposed Drugs Integrity Test Policy in the public service, the NDLEA is also considering partnering with religious leaders to make drug test a prerequisite for marriage in Churches and Mosques just as the case of HIV/AIDS and genotype test, the NDLEA boss said.We can no longer remain indifferent to the problems and refused to take responsibility in an effort to control drugs, we must come to term that drugs issue is a shared responsibility for all in the society.Government at all levels, community and religious leaders, parents, social workers, the media, youth organisations and policy makers should see it as a point of duty to come together and identify with our office efforts of combating drug abuse.”
He said these during the destruction of illicit substances seized in Maiduguri, Borno state capital.