THE Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi has been hailed by the Enugu State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) as a pillar of support in its fight against illicit drug use and trafficking in the state.
At the commemoration of the 2017 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the chairman and chief executive of NDLEA in the state, Anthony Ohanyere, noted that since Ugwuanyi assumed office, he has never wavered in the war against the scourge of drug abuse.
In his commendation, Ohanyere, who represented the national chairman and chief executive of NDLEA, Colonel Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd), said: “Since Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi assumed office as the number one citizen of this state in 2015, His Excellency has been striving to give us all that we need in this war against drug abuse, illicit drug and trafficking in the state. We immensely thank you for being our pillar of support and a great hope for us.”
Urging other well-meaning individuals to emulate the governor in the fight against the social malaise, he counseled parents that “listening to children and youths is the first step to helping them stay healthy and safe”.
The governor, who was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo, reaffirmed the commitment of his administration towards the war against illicit drug and trafficking and emphasised that, “the present administration in Enugu will continue in partnering the NDLEA in the noble fight against this dreaded monster called drug abuse, illicit drug and trafficking in drug and other dangerous substances.”
While he reechoed upheld the call of the NDLEA on parents that “listening to children and youths is the first step to helping them stay healthy and safe,” the governor noted that the first line of defence against the use of drugs will always remain the home, as he urged parents to monitor their children’s peer group.