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NOA: TAKE CAMPAIGN AGAINST ILLICT DRUGS TO PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SCHOOLS

The National Orientation Agency has raised an alarm over high rate of drug abuse especially among youths in Imo state.

The Director of the Agency in the State, Mr. Vitus Ekeocha expressed the worry when the Chairman and some members of Taskforce on illicit drug in the State paid him a courtesy visit in Owerri.

He noted that the situation if unchecked would not only ruin the youth but would pose great danger to the society.

Mr. Ekeocha recounted some  of the efforts  made by the Federal Government to sensitize the youths to the dangers in the use of hard drugs and stressed the need for value re-orientation, especially at the primary and secondary schools levels.

Mr. Ekeocha pledged the support of the Agency in winning the ongoing war against the use of illicit drugs in Imo State.

Earlier, the Chairman State Task Force on Illicit Drugs and Related Matters, Mrs. Chioma Igboanusi, said her men would soon commence clampdown on those who indulged in any form of drug abuse.

Mrs. Igboanusi explained that the Task Force, which was set up in January by the State Government, had the mandate to demolish buildings used for the sale of Indian hemp and other illicit drugs.

In the mean time, Imo State Government had said that plans were on to establish rehabilitation centres in some parts of the State to further assist drug addicts.

CHINAZO ILECHUKWU

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