NDLEA Partners Shartell, The Point Hotels and Shartell Villa To Sensitize Hoteliers on War Against Drug Abuse (WADA)

The Plateau State Command of The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has partnered with Shartell, The Point Hotels and Shartell Villa to sensitize its staff on the dangers of drug abuse and trafficking and how to combat illicit drug abuse in hotels.

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This Interactive session was held at the prestigious Shartell Hotels Rayfield, Jos Plateau State.

Through its War Against Drug Abuse program, NDLEA has been successfully battling illicit drug use in Plateau State and throughout Nigeria. (WADA). Remember that on June 26, 2021, President Muhammadu Buhari established the WADA program. The Agency cannot battle the drug problem alone, hence this campaign is urging all significant social actors to band together.

Hoteliers as part of the major Stakeholders are encouraged to be sensitized in other to identify illicit drug substances around the hotel premises and also let the Guests/Customers know that The Serene environment is not habitable for their illicit drug dealing/consumption.

While Sensitizing the Hoteliers, Mrs. Grace who is the Deputy Commander in charge of Sensitization for the Enforcement Agency Stated that The Unit has a mandate of sensitizing the populace on the danger of drugs, and then rehabilitating drug-dependent persons so that they will integrate back into society.

Mrs. Grace listed dangerous and hard drugs including Cocaine, Amphetamine, Benzodiazepines, Tramadol, Hexol, Heroin, and marijuana among others.

“Nobody is left out of the drug threat because of the intensity of it. Everyone in the society is impacted. It is crucial that hotel workers are aware that the majority of these drug traffickers unwind there. Therefore, it is better to be familiar with these drugs so that you can recognize them, as well as the signs and symptoms of drug use, in order to get rid of them before they worsen and the Agency finds the personnel and the hotel lacking.

She added that little quantity of planted Marijuana means one is cultivating it, therefore it will lead to 15 years – Life imprisonment and also to seal the hotel.

“The majority of these medications are beneficial to the body if they are recommended by a doctor. However, if someone uses it without a prescription, the body will start to crave more of it and it will become addictive. At some point, they will look for assistance.

While speaking, Mrs. Grace Advice the hoteliers to Join any Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) who are capable of fighting drug abuse to help in sensitizing and that will suffice.

She disclosed that there is a high level of illicit drug consumption in Plateau state. She said Cocaine was only seen in movies then, but now in Plateau, They have raided individuals in possession.

What if we discovered that the people who are breaking the law by using drugs are also a part of your system? asked Mr. Jacob C. Gyang, the manager of Shartell Villa, in response to the Enforcement Agency’s claim that the majority of those breaching the law are law enforcement agencies.

Mrs. Grace responded to Mr. Gyang’s question by saying that just because someone works in security doesn’t mean they aren’t human; many security professionals have been proven to be capable. She suggested that they report the incident to NDLEA. She emphasized that due to addiction issues, those security personnel also require assistance. The organization published a circular regarding this. If officers have problems like this, they should seek counseling, but if an officer is caught selling drugs illegally, they will be fired.


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