The Federal Ministry of Health has said it will begin the enforcement of its ban on the open sale of drugs as from January 1, 2019.
From that date, anyone found marketing or wholesale distribution of drug will be arrested and prosecuted.
Health Minister, Professor Isaac Adewole, announced this in Aba, at the turning of the sod of the Abia state Wholesale Control Centre (CWC) for drugs in the state.
He explained that the proposed drug wholesale centre to be established nationwide, will end the open sale of drug.
“If we find anybody doing marketing or wholesale distribution in January, 2019, we will arrest and confiscate the product.
“For those who nurse the dream that there will be another CWC in Abia State, they should wake up from the dream, because there will be no other one.
“Please let us work together; do not write any petition to me again, because I will not read it and I will not do any business with the petition.
“I learnt that those writing petitions are using the soldiers. I will use the Generals and not soldiers. I will use the Minister of Defence, so that we will enforce the order.
“The directive came from the Presidential Committee on Pharmaceutical Sector Reform. We did not just wake up and say go to this place. It has presidential backing,’’ he said.
Abia State Governor, Okezie Ikpeazu assured that government will force the relocation of all drug dealers to the centre, to create a safer drug distribution system.