The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has elicited the help of all and sundry in the war against hard and illicit drugs in Nigeria.
Commander of the Enugu State Command, Barr Anthony Nkem Ohanyere, who made the call when he and his management team paid a courtesy call on the Speaker of Enugu State House of Assembly, Edward Uchenna Ubosi, said the drug war was a war for all because of its adverse effect on the citizenry.
Ohanyere also said they embarked on the courtesy visit to elicit the support of the legislative assembly in the drug war because as members of the House and representatives of their people, they would be heard when they talk against drugs.
“The purpose of my visit with my management team is to elicit your support in the drug war. It is a thing that is not unknown to anybody. The drug war is a war for all. It is not for NDLEA alone but a war for all. That is why we need the support of the House for the war,” Ohanyere pointed out.
He said his organisation was doing everything possible to salvage the youth who indulge mostly in the consumption of illicit drugs to be better citizens in the society.
He noted that the education of the youth does not end in the classroom alone but the training they get from their homes and pointed out that most parents don’t know that their children and wards get involved in drugs whereas some are negligent in their duties as parents.
The NDLEA boss therefore posited that if prominent people like members of the Assembly join hands in the war, the youths are likely to pay them heed more than the officials of the agency.
“Most parents are not diligent in the upbringing of their children. We believe that if you use your good offices to drum the need that the youth steer clear from drugs, it will bear fruit.
“If prominent people like you, the speaker, talk about drug abuse, the youth are likely to pay heed. When prominent people like you talk about drug abuse, they are bound to listen than when we talk about it as professionals,” Ohanyere re-iterates.
He noted that drug abuse was a peculiar problem, a sickness which treatment was expensive and better prevented than cured.
He also noted that the children of the rich and the poor indulge in the drug abuse and are being brought to them for rehabilitation.
Because of the seriousness of the abuse and to combat the war effectively, Ohanyere disclosed that they divided the state into six area commands to ensure effective coverage.
Speaker of the House, Ubosi, agreed with the NDLEA boss that the drug menace was a serious one that ought to be tackled by all.
Ubosi said the House was ready to partner with them in the fight and lamented that some youths hate to work but love to live a luxurious life.
“This issue of drug is a serious one. We are ready at any time to partner with you. We do town hall meetings in our constituencies and we shall use them to educate our youth on the adverse effect of drugs,” Ubosi stated.

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