Governor. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has enjoined other security agencies to join hands with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to fight drug abuse and trafficking.
Akeredolu made this statement in 2018 World Drug Day celebration in Akure.
He said that no efforts should be spared in saving the vulnerable from getting involved in hard drug related activities.
The governor noted that youths were largely involved and being used by drug lords, hence all hands must be on deck to put a stop to the ignoble act.
According to him, cannabis sativa is largely cultivated and distributed in some parts of the state by those who erroneously believe that it is a means of economic survival.
He vowed that the state government would do everything humanly possible to assist NDLEA to bring to the barest minimum, if not totally eradicated, activities of the illicit plant.
He commanded efforts of NDLEA in the state, urging it to adopt ‘Catch them Young’ approach.
” NDLEA should take the bull by the horns through vigorous enlightenment campaign especially in secondary schools to stem the tide of ever increasing abuse among youths.
” The campaign should also be extended to farmers in remote parts of the state to encourage them to cultivate economic plants rather than cannabis sativa that does more harm than good to the society, ” he said.
2018 edition of World Drug Day is tagged: ” Listen First: Listening to Children and Youths is the Step to Help them Grow Healthy and Safe”.
Mr Haruna Gagara, the state Commander of NDLEA, said that no fewer than 12 persons had been convicted for hard drug related offences from January till June.
Gagara added that many trials were still ongoing, commending judiciary for tremendous support.
He noted that the command would increase its intelligence gathering and momentum.
” We will continue to give lectures and sensitize market people, motor park staff, students of illicit trafficking of hard drug,” he said.
According to him, NDLEA will reach out to community leaders for their support to curb the drug menace.
Gagara called on members of the public to always report any officer and man of the agency colluding with hard drugs.
“You should give us information on any of our personnel involving in drug hard or colluding with drug lords.
“We assure you that we will deal with such erring personnel because we do not condone corruption nor indiscipline, ” he said