The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has said the fight against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking is a collective one, as all parties involved should join hands to curb the menace.
Governor Abiodun made this known at the commemoration of the 2021 United Nations International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking with the theme: “Share Facts about Drugs, Save Lives” organised by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Special Area Command in Idiroko.
The governor who was represented by his Deputy, Engr Noimot Salako-Oyedele stated that the problem of drug trafficking and abuse was becoming alarming and a driving force of anti-social behaviours in the society.
Abiodun said drugs have affected individuals, families and the society at large, as well as truncating the promising future of our youths, saying parents have role to play by instilling moral values in their children.
“I want to reassure that my administration would continue to partner with relevant agencies of government particularly the NDLEA to defeat the multifaceted challenges posed by drug abuse and to rescue our youths who are our future leaders from the menace”, Abiodun said.
In her welcome address, the Area Commander, NDLEA, Mrs. Archieabia Ibinabo, said the theme was apt, as it would help tackle and overcome national drug challenges to the barest minimum, appealing to the government, citizens and institutions to step up effort towards fighting the menace through sensitisation and sharing of facts on the consequences of illicit drugs to the society.