Kano State Governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has said his administration has concluded plans to construct a new drug market at the Kano Economic City for immediate relocation of Sabon Gari market drug dealers.
The AUTHORITY reports that the drug dealers at the multi-purpose Sabon Gari market had a running battle with the immediate-past government of Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso over the issue of relocation and supervision.
However, Ganduje said his government and the drug dealers have finally reached an agreement for a peaceful relocation.
Ganduje who stated this while receiving an award during the annual conference of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), said the move was in line with the directive of the Federal Ministry of Health.
The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Prof. Hafiz Abubakar noted that, “already, an agreement has been reached between the contractor, JAIZ Bank, the drug marketers and other relevant stakeholders in respect of the project.”
He added that the Federal Ministry of Health directed that drug dealers should have a separate market to ensure that their business was properly supervised.
The award was based on Governor Ganduje’s stride in checking the menace of drug abuse and his remarkable effort in supporting the NDLEA.
He further maintained that his administration was deeply concerned about the level of drug abuse and trafficking in the state, adding that in consolidation of its anti drug war, the state government has in recent times, confiscated banned drugs worth hundreds of millions of Naira which would be destroyed soon.
The governor also stated that the government-owned Kiru reformatory home, would soon be renovated and expanded to include a separate section for female drug abusers.
He, however, lamented that the problem of drug addiction among women, especially married ones in the state, was becoming alarming.
“This situation must not be allowed to continue. So, while thanking NDLEA for this award, I want to emphasize that our commitment in the war against drug users and traffickers will remain tough,” he added.