CHAIRMAN, Transition Committee, Awka South Local Government, Leo Nwuba, has expressed grave concern over the spate of cultism and gangsterism among teenage youths in Awka, which he said had claimed many lives of youths in the capital city.
He said that many parents hopeful that their children would turn out to be helpful to the society after their periods of academic studies had nightmares as they watched their children killed in their presence by rival cult groups.
The council chairman expressed these concerns while playing host to Ezi Awka youths and chairman of other villages in Awka community, who paid him solidarity visit in his office.
He warned the youths that the Governor Obiano administration is particularly concerned and determined to deal ruthlessly with cultism and related criminal activities in the state, especially this festive period, adding that the police and other law enforcement agencies has designed strategies to deal with rascality of youths this yuletide season.
Nwuba cautioned parents to keep their young ones under check as the law will come heavily on any youth rascality in the area.
He also explained that his administration has endeavoured to assist in engaging the youth in the area through provision of sports facilities, as well as strive to impact meaningful on the nine communities in the council area through procurement of hospital equipment to Mbaukwu, and palliative measures on some roads in Okpuno and other towns.
He thanked the Ezi-Awka youths for their visit and support to him, adding that the gesture will spur him to do more for the benefit of communities in the area.
Earlier, chairman and leader of the youth delegation, Mr Tochukwu Nwosu (Nwokoye) commended the council chairman for the projects he is executing in Awka and environs, urging him not to relent in stamping his name on the sands of time.
They pledged their continued support to his administration, urging him to ensure peace and good conduct among youths in Awka, adding that the rampant killings among rival cult groups in the town is causing nightmare to concerned citizens.
Also speaking, Olisa Molokwu, Vice Chairman, Awka Development Union, Nigeria and chairman, Umukwa village, extolled the council chairman for the good works he is doing, promising to bring it to the notice of Awka Town Union leadership.