TRADITIONAL ruler of Ogidi in Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Onyido Alexander Uzo has called for more empowerment programmes for youths to curb drug trafficking business.
The monarch made the call during the 2019 National Drug Law Enforcement Agency Annual Lecture, with the theme; “Drugs, Youths and Crime ” organized by the agency in Awka.
According to him, one of the actual threats to the nation’s and human security was the alarming rate of illicit drug abuse which has been the order of the day amongst youths.
He said the menace of illicit drug trafficking poses heinous threats to human lives, national development and security, noting that the current economic challenges, insecurity, high rate of graduate unemployment, poverty, failure of government to provide basic necessities of life, high level of corruption and get-rich-quick syndrome among the youths in Nigeria, constituted the banes behind the practice of illicit drug trafficking in the country.
The monarch who advocated for a drug free society, remindedwell-to-do entrepreneurs in the country to build industries to curb the rate of drug trafficking business among youths.
“There is need for sound orientation, education, good governance, adequate industries to curb drug trafficking business”.
In his welcome address, the state Commandant of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), . SuleMomodu, called on the public to partner with the agency in creating a drug free society by providing useful information to the agency to enable them rid the incidents of drug abuse and violence.
Delivering a lecture titled ” Drugs, Youths and Crime “, the Assistant Director of training, NDLEA Abdul Momodu said as young people move from adolescence to adulthood, the proximal predictors of violence fluctuated.
Also, he highlighted various factors including low socio-economic status, inconsistent parenting; witness to familiar violence, delinquent peer associations and non-attendance to school as contributing to youth involvement in violent crime.
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