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Anambra Library partners NDLEA on fight against drug abuse

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YOUTHS have been charged to desist from drug abuse and channel their energy, enthusiasm and concentration to productive endeavours.

  The Director, Anambra State Library Services, Nkechi Udeze gave the charge at a one-day program organised to mark the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, which held at Ozubulu, Ekwusigo Local Government Area of Anambra State.

  Organised by the Anambra State Library Board in collaboration with the  National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Anambra State Command, this year’s event was themed, ‘Better Knowledge for Better Care’.

  According to the director, lack of knowledge which is a basic problem the library is always available to solve for its users and drug abuse contribute immensely to the various societal challenges that the Nigeria and other countries of the world are currently facing.

  She therefore called on the youths to desist from drug abuse, while also urging parents to inculcate good reading culture and moral cum ethical values in the lives of their children, and regularly monitor and discipline them.

  In a lecture, the state Commander, NDLEA, Anambra State Command, Mr. Mohammed Musbau Idris, represented by Mr. Auta Tanko of Nnewi Area Commander, defined drug as any chemical substance which when used or taken into the body, affects the body and the mind by changing the body’s function or behaviour; and drug abuse as an act of taking totally banned drugs, not medically necessary drugs and excessive drug.

  He highlighted some of the factors that breed or lead to drug abuse to include experimentation, peer group, stress, desire to enhance performance; pursuit of pleasure, availability and affordability, parenting styles.

  Earlier in their separate speeches, the Branch Librarian, Amichi Branch   Library, Mrs Perpetual Okonkwo, and her Ozubulu Branch counterpart, Mr Peter Ibe harped on the importance and advantages of library usage and knowledge acquisition to the young and the old, to include making one to stand out among others, and making one to be resourceful and contributory to the development of the society.

  In a vote of thanks, the Chairman, Ozubulu Development Union (youth wing), Chris Ndubuisi Ononuju appreciated the library and the NDLEA for bringing such an eye-opening sensitisation to their doorstep, and pledged to take the message home to other youths in various villages of the community.

  The event also attracted the presence of the DSS Commander, Ekwusigo Formation, Mr. Kenneth Okonkwo, represented by Mr. Charles Chukwurah.

Among other highpoints, the event, which was held in strict adherence to the COVID-19 safety protocols featured distribution of face masks to the participants, question and answer session, as well as premiering of a video series on the effects of drug abuse.

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