By: Ifeanyi Okonkwo (Anambra),
The Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano has called on youths and students in the state to shun drug trafficking and abuse.
Governor, Obiano, made this appeal at the, 2018 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Trafficking, held at Prof. Dora Akunyili Women Development Center, Awka on Tuesday, 26th June, 2018.
Chief Willie Obiano, who was represented by the Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Hon. C-Don Adinuba, called on Ndi-Anambra, especially, the youths, to desist on drug abuse, stating that it is capable of destroying their future.
Obiano, further praised the efforts of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), in preaching the dangers of drug trafficking and abuse, emphasizing that their effort so far is yielding positive results.
While advising the students present to mind the company they keep, he cautioned them on choosing friends saying, The greatest pressure you will face on drugs abuse will come from your peers”.
On his part, the Commissioner for Health Anambra state, Hon. Joseph Akabuike, defined drug as a small poison that is used in curing illness.
According to him, Every drug is capable of causing damage to the body system when abused.
Hon. Akabuike encouraged parents to pay close attention to their children, stating that communication is important. He commended NDLEA for leaving no stone unturned in their campaign against drug abuse and trafficking.
State Commander, NDLEA Anambra state, Momodu Sule (FSI), while speaking on the theme of this years celebration, Listen First, said the United Nation (UN), in its wisdom thought it wise that the children should be listened to. “It is good that the children are in tune with us. We need to hear their side of the story, he stated.
He revealed that, On our part, we are tackling the menace of drug abuse from the foundation process, which is the manufacturer”.
The NDLEA Boss, called on Ndi-Abambra to join hands with the NDLEA in the fight against drug abuse and trafficking, saying it is a fight that involves all.
He appreciated the support of Gov. Willie Obiano, describing him as, The pillar of the NDLEA in the state”, and assured the governor of the state of the continuous commitment of the NDLEA in the state.
Most of the youths and students, who spoke, emphasized that, children should not be left alone and parents should listen to their children as they believe it will promote a bonding among them, and at the same time create a sense of protection for the child. Likewise they all agreed that teachers should support parents in this struggle, for if children are left without proper care and supervision they will be exposed to bad vices that are capable of destroying them, like drug abuse.