THE use of illicit drugs is now a new trend and is growing at an alarming rate with more leaders of tomorrow embracing the trend for varying reasons.
Anambra State Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) , Sule Momodu, in his speech in commemoration of International Day Against Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking, has urged ndi Anambra to expose those involved in drugs dealing, stating that the fight should not be left for NDLEA alone but should be a collective effort.
Momodu, while addressing students in Awka, said, “the challenges we have in the state is the fact that most of our youths see smoking of cannabis as a normal thing. I am afraid for the youths.
“If smokers are likely to die young, what will then happen to those who abuse drugs (Cannabis) which have over 500 different toxic chemicals.
The NDLEA Boss lauded the governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, for his support to the command.
According to him, ” Gov Obiano has been very supportive to us since from the inception. We have never had it so good before in Anambra.
“He has also decreed that every government school in the state must have a drug free club established. The federal government, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education has also ensured the teaching of drug awareness in both nursery and primary schools.
Continuing, Momodu said, “We are hoping to start a competition called ‘Chief Dr. Willie Obiano Spelling Bid’ for students which is intended to test the skill of students on spelling.
“NDLEA organizes quiz contests in Anambra State, where winners go home with laptops each for the three students that represent the winning school. TV set 32-34 inches, school bags with text books and N30,000 each, which the students use for their WEAC and JAMB registration”. The NDLEA boss informed.
Speaking to journalist after the event, he called on Ndi Anambra to have a re-think concerning drug abuse. “Let us re-awake our consciousness on how we can address this scourge.
He urged presidents- general of Ttwn unions, vigilantes, traditional rulers and the whole of Ndi Anambra to join hands together and end drug abuse.
The president, Drug Free and Quality Control Group, Corper Jim Edidiong and his vice, Corper Nwaka Karen Chiamaka, in an interview, frowned at the alarming rise of drug abuse amongst youths.
In their words, “There is no gain in this barbaric act. As corpers under drug free group, we go on sensitization in schools, parks, markets, churches and we even talk to people one on one and also through the media.