Akwa Ibom State Governor, Udom Emmanuel has identified drug abuse as one of the major causes of vices in the society.
He made this assertion during a courtesy visit by the State Commander of National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Mrs Obot Bassey, at Government House, Uyo yesterday.
Udom assured the agency of his government commitment and determination in supporting its campaigns towards reducing drugs abuse in the state.
The Governor who acknowledged the efforts of the agency to curtail drug trafficking and other related crimes, further urged the agency not to relent in its responsibilities.
He lamented the negative effects caused by drug abuse especially in our educational system, advocating for synergy among relevant agencies and government to stem the tide of drug use among youths in the society.
“I know these days, criminality has crept into almost all strata of the society, secondary schools these days you see young children getting involved, even up to university some of us did not know those things you could only spell those things we never saw it with our eyes”.
He maintained that with collective campaigns in schools, schools and other social places would be rid of criminal activities.
“We just discovered that there is no single criminal that you arrest, give him 24 hours he will become a normal human being and will start talking differently, but once he’s on the influence of the drugs he is completely a different human being.
“We have taken the message, the message is that our people should get involved in this campaign, we can actually help minimize this in the society”.
The governor congratulated Mrs. Obot Bassey, on her recent appointment as the State Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, and assured her of support in order for the agency to succeed in the state.
Earlier, Mrs. Bassey, thanked Governor Emmanuel for receiving her team during the visit, and for the industrialization strides of the governor to reposition the state.
She noted that the agency has been relentless in the campaign against drug trafficking and other related crimes, leading to cutting off the supply of illicit drugs, reducing the demand of illicit drugs and other substances of abuse, tracing and recovering drug related proceeds and contributing to the creation and maintenance of a crime free society especially among youths.
Bassey however called for more collaborations with the state government and recommended the establishment of Drug-free Clubs to eradicate drugs amongst youths as well as the establishment of a state committee on drugs control.
“The establishment of a State Committee on Drugs Control, a federal government policy will serve as an area of strategic collaboration between NDLEA and relevant stakeholders, Ministry of Health, Education, all security agencies among others.”
She also appealed to the state government to assist the agency in the provision of vehicles to cover its jurisdiction within the state and a perimeter fencing for its office.