By Abuchi Onwumelu
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Anambra State Command, has organized a sensitization workshop to commemorate this year’s International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking with a call on the youths to desist from drug abuse.
The event held at Professor Dora Akunyili Women’s Development Centre, Awka and attracted students, the academia, security chiefs, media practitioners and top government functionaries.
Addressing the participants, the state Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr. Sule Momodu, highlighted the dangers of drug use and illegal trade, noting that the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking was an opportunity to express the agency’s determination to strengthen cooperation to achieve the goal of a society free of drug abuse.
He further commended the state government for its commitment in building a better and brighter future for Ndi Anambra and for providing the agency with a level playing ground to operate.
Speaking on behalf of Gov Willie Obiano, the Executive Secretary of Anambra Health Insurance Agency, Dr Simeon Onyemaechi, restated the government’s commitment to ensuring that the state became a drug abuse free society.
Dr Onyemaechi said the Obiano Administration would continue to provide the necessary support to ensure that intake of illicit drugs was reduced drastically, and called on relevant stakeholders, especially the security agencies, to lead the way through practicing what they preached.
He urged secondary schools across the state to establish a drug free club, stressing that such would go a long way in curbing the menace and assured of Government’s resolve to establish a standard drug rehabilitation centre for victims of drug abuse.
Reacting, Anambra State Commissioner of Police, CP Mustapha Dandaura, who was represented by the Assistant Commissioner of Police, Yemi Ajayi, noted that effective response to the world’S drug problem required the combined efforts of relevant institutions in order to provide integrated solutions, in line with the International Drug Control Conventions, human rights obligations and the Sustainable Development Goals.
Some students who participated in the programme, including Precious Anyikamba and Ann Okoye, commended the initiative and promised to take the message to their mates in their various communities.