Worried by the rising negative effect of Tramadol on the youths of this country, the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents (ANLCA) has said that it will hence forth blacklist its members who engage in facilitating the clearing of Tramadol and other psychotropic drugs from the border posts, airports and seaports across the country.
Recall that Tramadol is one of the drugs recently banned by the federal government of Nigeria.
Speaking exclusively in an interview to Primetime Reporters in Lagos on Wednesday, the National Vice President of ANLCA, Dr. Kayode Farinto said that the association after blacklisting such an erring member would take a step further to ensure that the member in question gets equal treatment from the Council for the Regulation of Freight Forwarding in Nigeria (CRFFN) to serve as a deterrent to others who may want to toe the line.
While listing the negative effects of Tramadol on the youths to include armed robbery and restiveness, Farinto disclosed that the drug was equally draining the youths of their scarce resources as the drugs don’t come too cheap.
In his words,” I am even one of those that is telling our members that any agent that is caught clearing Tramadol, we are ready to blacklist them and we will blacklist them to the extent that we will take them to CRFFN now and make sure that it is mandatory you must be patriotic, you must ensure that you don’t clear Tramadol.
“If you know the adverse effect of Tramadol in our society particularly on our youth, that is why you see that the level of armed robbery, youth restiveness is increasing on a daily basis and these psychotropic drugs are very expensive that a tablet of it from my investigation is N300 meaning that a small carton can contain Tramadol worth ten million Naira.
“I am aware, the Controller of Tincan Island Port command has called his officers and said on no account must you release anything drugs without NAFDAC clearance because if you know the adverse effect of this thing in our society, you will feel for this country”.
He therefore called on the members of the association and indeed all freight forwarders to help the government eliminate all drugs that were impacting negatively on the productivity and health of the citizens and residents of this country so as to build a country everyone would be proud of.
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