By Sunny A Ijomah
High incidence of drug abuse by the female gender calls for serious intervention from all stakeholders, a top ranking official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says.
State Commander, NDLEA, Mohammed Misbah Idris made the observation while interacting during a courtesy call on the Commissioner, Basic Education, Anambra State, Prof. Kate Omenugha.
Idris also decried the high incidence of drug abuse by the female gender, stressing that it portended a grim future for the nation, if nothing was done to nip the trend in the bud.
“These are future mothers with a strategic role and influence in child bearing and nurturing.
“The situation, if not addressed, may result in the breakdown of the family structure as we know it today,” he added.
Malam Idris called on the Ministry, considering its strategic role in the education sector, to collaborate with the agency in educating students at both primary and secondary schools of the inherent dangers associated with drug abuse.
The Commissioner, Prof Omenugha, said that the present administration was ready to collaborate with the commander in the fight against drug abuse in the state.
According to her the state was committed to seeing an end to this social menace.
She adds: “there is this lyric of Anambra State School Anthem, where students are called upon to say, “no to drug abuse, cultism and examination malpractice”; are pointers to the present administration’s goal to curb the vice among the youths of the state”.
The commissioner then said that Anambra students were taught right from primary level to recite the state’s shared values, which helped to condition their minds on becoming solution providers rather than being a part of the problem to be solved.
The permanent Secretary, Ministry of Basic Education, Mrs Nwando Obiano, while welcoming the commander, said that the Ministry was always open to liaise with him in the fight against drug abuse in the State.