Couples advised to do drug test before marriage

Chief Executive of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd) has stated the need for pre-marital drug test as a key factor to a stable home.

The NDLEA boss spoke at a conference organised by a Non Governmental Organization ‘Coal to Diamond Support Network for young adults’ in Abuja

Represented at the conference by, a Principal Staff Officer on Drug Demand Reduction in NDLEA Mr. Shehu Dankolo, the NDLEA boss said, substance use has been known not only to destroy marriages but equally lead to health problems, morbidity, injuries, violence, and death.

He said most often, the physical, psychological and social consequences of drug use are obvious and disturbing.

He said, “if would be couples choose to undergo HIV and genotype tests before marriage without any law compelling them, they should equally consider drug test as critical to their wellbeing and stability of their home.”

Wife of the NDLEA boss Hajia Munirat Marwa urged youths preparing for wedding to take drug test as part of their preparations, explaining that there is a difference between wedding and marriage.

“The wedding as we all know it is a short time event while marriage is intended for a lifetime. As such, the conference has come at the right time when couples are putting more importance and emphasis on the wedding festivities rather than the marriage itself.”she said.

Other notable speakers at the conference include wife of former Vice President Namadi Sambo, Hajiya Amina Namadi Sambo, President of the Group, Bilkisu Mohammed and the keynote speaker, Alhaji Sa’id Takuma who all emphasised the need for proper counseling for would be couples to safeguard their marriages and future.

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