THE National Orientation Agency (NOA), Anambra State Directorate, based on its mandate of attitudinal change, has perfected plans to organise town hall meetings in the three senatorial zones of the state, to mobilise and galvanise the critical stakeholders against the consumption of methamphetamine(mkpurummiri) and other illicit drugs.
State Director, NOA, Charles Nwoji, disclosed this when the agency paid a courtesy visit to the new Anambra State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Mrs Florence Ezeonye in her office at the state command’s headquarters, Awka, recently.
According to him, the all-important meetings would begin at Unubi in Nnewi South Local Government Area of the state.
Nwoji, who said the menace of methamphetamine and other related drugs had caused a lot of damage on human lives, expressed a deep concern over the gruesome effects of the consumption of the illicit drug on the lives of Nigerian youths, pointing out that such had eaten deep into the fabrics of Nigerian society.
He described illicit drugs as potent enablers that stimulate the incidence of kidnapping, insecurity and violence against persons and argued that the state and society in general cannot do without the functions of the NDLEA.
The NOA boss told the new NDLEA Commander, Ezeonye, that the visit was to officially welcome her to the state and intimate her on the orientation programmes of the NOA in the state, especially in the area of attitudinal change, urging a lasting cooperation and synergy between the two sister agencies in the fight against consumption of illicit drugs in the state.
Responding, the NDLEA commander thanked NOA for the visit and expressed delight over the mutual work relationship among government agencies for common good of society.
She disclosed that the NDLEA recently discovered what she called clandestine laboratories in Lagos and Anambra States.
While describing methamphetamine as a very dangerous drug, Ezeonye wondered why some youths come to the terms that the consumption of the drug is the best way to go unmindful of the havoc it ravages in many families.
Ezeonye, therefore, called on community leaders and other critical stakeholders in the state to join force with the NDLEA in sanitising the youth on the danger inherent in the consumption of methamphetamine.
Speaking further, she disapproved the use of flogging as a method of treating methamphetamine addicts, but urged that they should, however, be brought to the agency’s laboratories for rehabilitation.