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Anambra sets up drug rehab centres

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A REHABILITATION scheme for victims of drug abuse in Anambra State is underway as part of government’s commitment to the fight against the menace of illicit drugs.

Under the scheme, a functional rehabilitation centre will soon be built to closely monitor victims’ treatment.

Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, dropped this hint while speaking at the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking in Awka.

Speaking through Executive Secretary of Anambra Health Insurance Scheme (ANHIS), Dr. Simon Onyemaeche who represented him at the event, Gov. Obiano disclosed that about 5000 square metres of land had been sourced out for the project.

According to him, over N120 million was captured in 2019 budget of Anambra State for the construction of the rehabilitation centre, adding that it will be under the control and supervision of Ministry of Health when finally completed.

“We are partners in progress as regards ending this menace in our society. The state government led by Chief Willie Obiano has done enough in the fight against illicit drugs by ensuring that all government owned secondary schools in the state have a drug free club.  As stockholders, we all have a role to play.

It is not a job for NDLEA alone, all security agencies have role to play. Ndi Anambra as a point of duty are supposed to report drug peddlers. It is a duty for youth leaders, traditional rulers, and president generals to expose this people. They live with us. They are our brothers and sisters and it will be for their own good to renounce these acts. There is need for quality health care for victims and addicts and justice should be done to those who are found guilty,” he said.

The governor further solicits support from secondary school principals who are yet to key into his administration’s drug eradication programme, urging them to emulate others by establishing drug free clubs in their schools.

“We can do better on morals so that the institutions they are passing through will also pass through them.  We have facilities as regards to people who are finding it hard to quit drug abuse. The state government has done enough in that regards with consultants and specialists through providing services to people who need care and psychological medical services at places like ultramodern psychiatric hospital at Nawfia.He charged youths especially students to be mindful of the fact that the future of the state and country is in their hands.

If you hope to be Lawyers, Engineers, Governors, don’t engage in drugs abuse. Both selling and using of drugs has done more harm than good to our society. There is no time that is too late to rewrite history. If we wake up today and do the needful, there will be a change,” he added.

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