Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State on Tuesday called on the Federal Government to totally ban Codeine syrups in the country.
Tambuwal made the call while speaking at a Senate Rountable on Drug Abuse held in Kano.
The governor, who was represented by the Sokoto State Commissioner for Health, Dr Balarabe Kakale, said banning the syrup was necessary to check its indiscriminate use and rampant abuse by youth.
He said the call was necessary because the syrups that contained codeine were not life-saving drugs but drivers of drug abuse in the country.
“This is a straightforward message of the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and Gov. Tambuwal that there should be a total ban on syrups containing codeine.
“Codeine syrups only push youths and married women to become drug addicts in the country because it is not a life-saving drug and the country can do without having it,” the governor said.