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Govt worried by rise in cases of drug abuse in communities

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ANAMBRA State Government has solicited co-operation of traditional rulers in stemming rising cases of drug abuse among youths in the state.

Gov. Willie Obiano made the appeal at Otuocha, Anambra East Local Government Area during inspection tour of the banks of Rivers Niger and Omambala.

Gov. Obiano observed that drug abuse among youths in Omambala region was at an alarming rate, noting that government alone could not tackle it without support from traditional rulers.

“In order to curtail high rate of drug abuse among youths in our communities, traditional rulers should be at the forefront.

“By appointing someone from their cabinet who will be in charge of youths; their activities can be checked.”

He said that he was on tour of Rivers Niger and Omambala banks to get firsthand information and possibly draw up intervention strategy in case of flooding.

“By this time last year, the story was different with a lot of damages recorded.

“But we thank God this year is different with no damage yet, even though we will still have one remaining month of anticipated rainfall,” the governor noted.

Obiano said he was optimistic that challenges of this year’s flooding would be lesser, compared to previous ones, appealing to those living on the river banks to move on to higher grounds to safeguard life and property.

“We still have a month of rainfall; so, I appeal to you people living on the banks to move to higher ground for at least a month for your safety.”

He commended readiness of security forces with 21 speed boats and eight water ambulances in addition to Navy Gun Boats for evacuation and safety of the people.

The governor commended efforts and cooperation of Omambala people and security forces with routine information that enable government to stem the tide of herdsmen’s challenges in the area.

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