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July 20, 2018

Imo Govt Declares War on Illicit Drugs

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…Task Force parleys with Assumpta Press

The newly inaugurated Imo State Taskforce Committee on Illicit Drugs and Related Matters   visited Assumpta Press publisher of The Leader, Owerri, Monday February 11 with the intention of partnering with the Church, as well as making their mode of operation known to the general public.

The team which came in their rank and file was officially received by the Management of the press.

Addressing the ad hoc gathering, the team’s Commander General, Hon. Barr. (Mrs.) Ijeoma Igboanusi said the State Government vested her committee with the mandate to rid Imo society of illicit drugs and other related offences. “The rampant news about illicit usage of drugs and abuse of it among Imo youths has become a thing of worry to the State Government and as a result we’ve been assigned to champion the crusade of cleansing the Imo society.

“This is an onerous task that needs the support and cooperation of every well meaning Imo citizen. The call to arrest this horrendous trend our youths indulge in is something of desperate importance. This is why we deem it wise to partner with this media outfit for constant enlightenment.  As I thank you Father for granting the request to meet with you even with the shortest indication, we hope that through your good office our message will be properly disseminated to the society.

Speaking further on the huge devastation done on the society by the prevalent intake of illegal drugs, the state Commander was quick in pointing out that “majority of Imo youths now see Indian hemp, tramadol and other hyper intoxicating consumables as part of their daily meals. They consume this on daily bases at any corner of their choice, even in the glairing eyes of the public,” Mrs. Igboanusi noted with distraught, stressing that the recurring ugly news of cultism, rape, hoodlum, dropout in schools and other sorts of hooliganism within the nooks and crannies of the state take effect under the influence of drugs. “We need to redirect the focus of our children against this moral decadence. They have been rendered societal hazards. They rape, loot, and fight indiscriminately. We cannot allow this to continue,” she submitted.

Affirming the committee’s preparedness to wrestle the hyper-headed monster, she further revealed that the drugs were not only being planted and commercialized at will in the state, the traffickers, she said also smuggled them in through trailer loads of food stuffs, beverages, fire woods and their like. “We’re taken good notice of all this and we’re convinced that very soon we shall bring these nefarious activities to an end,” the Commander assured.

Reacting to the speech,  Fr. Ray Nzereogu who is the Director of Assumpta Press and Editor of The Leader Newspaper congratulated the anti illegal drug team for their resolve to partner with the Church and the Media House. He expressed delight that once more the government had taken the driver’s seat in the call to sanitize the society. “This is a bold step and it’s interesting that government has at last woken up from its slumber. That again shows that there is a nagging problem in the society and you have been called upon to solve them. On behalf of the management of this Press, I assure you of our cooperation.”

The priest whose promise of hands of fellowship elicited applauds from his visiting guests described the ugly situation at hand as ripple effects of how bad the society had degenerated. Harping on sincerity of purpose, he advised the government to maintain the same dexterity it employed in setting up the committee by providing it with the necessary materials needed. The Media director stated this with the belief that such effort would not only spur the committee but also guarantee efficient service delivery. “We want a situation where your assignment would be delivered without bickering over salaries, remunerations or any other tools and materials suitable for the job.”

Earlier during an introductory timeout, just as the Taskforce Public Relations Officer, Mr. Ebere Ezigbo took time to recognize the presence of other members of the committee which comprises three State Zonal Commanders and Leaders of the various Local Government Areas, Emeka Ani, Associate Editor of The Leader Newspaper formally welcomed the team. He appreciated the committee’s ingenuity and initiative of seeking for publicity and urged them to sustain the tempo of cordial relationship which their visit had created. Among the Assumpta Press Management Board present was also Rev. Fr. Isaac Chima who blessed and handed the mission of the task force into God’s hands.

 


 

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