The State Director, National Orientation Agency, Anambra State Directorate, Barrister Charles Nwoji,has made a passionate appeal to Traditional Rulers, Presidents -General and other key Stakeholders in the State to join forces with government in the fight against the production , distribution and consumption of crystal methamphetamine and other dreaded drugs in the State.

The NOA Director made the passionate appeal at a one-day Security Sensitization and Re-orientation Programme organized by the Agency in collaboration with Akwaihedi Town Union against Drug Addiction, Violent Crimes and Insecurity held at the Town Secretariat of the Community.
Barrister Nwoji who described the new trend of drug consumption and addiction as a source of worry to Ndi- Anambra and Nigerians at large maintained that things are going wrong in Nigeria today because of the new trend of consumption of the dreaded drug which threatens the well-being of the society.

While noting that government, at all levels, is doing everything possible towards stopping the production and consumption of crystal methamphetamine in the Country today, he described the dreaded drug as a highly addictive substance that affects the human central nervous system.
The NOA boss, who spoke among other things, called on the people to shun flogging of the drug addicted persons as the only corrective measure, but rather adopt more meaningful and beneficial measures such as effective control of the production and distribution of the crystal methamphetamine in the State and rehabilitation of addicts as a formal way of correcting the addicted persons in the Society.
He further advised Community heads in the State to establish what he called drug control units in their various communities which, according to him, should act in synergy with security agencies in the state and community vigilante groups in the fight against all forms of illicit drug consumption in the State through effective information sharing mechanism.
In a remark,when the NOA boss and his team called on him in his palace before the commencement of the program proper, the Traditional Ruler of the Community, Igwe John Obiorah Onebunne,wondered why the consumption of the crystal methamphetamine by the youths should spread like a wild fire in this part of the country,especially in the South- East.
Igwe Onebunne,a retired Colonel in Nigerian Army, blamed the exponential increase in the consumption of crystal methamphetamine and other related drugs in the country today on the high level of unemployment, saying that Akwaihedi Community is applying every reasonable measure to reduce the consumption of all forms of illicit drugs in the area.
From him,the President General of the Community, Barrister Oliver Mbagwu,assured that his administration in the Community is disposed to bringing government agencies down to the Community with a view to bringing governance close to the people of the Community and thanked the Leadership of NOA for embarking on the life saving program in the State .
In a lecture which followed the courtesy call on the Traditional Ruler,the Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in the State, Mrs.Florence Ezeonye, represented by the Public Relations Officer of the Agency, Mr Chris Adagbo, maintained that the primary objective of the programme was to help the people ,especially the youths to understand the inherent dangers of the crystal meth to human lives ,calling for a comprehensive war by all against the demand and supply of the dreaded drug in the State with a view to creating a healthy environment for the Children and the youths to realize their potentials.
The event was attended by representatives of Security Agencies, School Children, health officials in Nnewi South Local Government Area as well as the representative of Ohaneze-Ndigbo, Chief Chikereuba Ezefunamba and the Councillor representing Akwaihedi Ward ,Chief Pascal Umeoduma and the Youth Leader of the Community Prince Chibike Ofornedum,who revealed that information reaching them in the Community was that there were bad elements in the Community who smuggle crystal meth from outside into the Community and warned those who patronize the barons in the area to desist henceforth or face the wrath of law.
RPT:Obiora Antnony.

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