Chairman, Southeast Councils of Traditional Rulers and Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe has expressed worry over increasing cases of illicit drugs and other forms of drug abuses particularly among youths in Anambra state.
The monarch stated this on Thursday in his palace while playing host to a team from National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) on campaign on drug abuse.
He said he had directed the demolition of two buildings housing illegal drug peddlers, as well as setting up a committee with the mandate of eradicating illicit drugs in the area.
He said, “The rate at which the youths and even some security agents in the area engage in the distribution, selling and consumption of illicit drugs is worrisome.
“There is need for the restoration of societal core values to enable the people avoid being involved in drugs abuse. I believe that people engaged in meaningful activities cannot go into illicit drug consumption.”
While appealing for NAFDAG support in fighting the menace, Achebe pledged to partner with the agency to ensure the ugly trend was nipped in the bud in the commercial city and the state in general.
Earlier, NAFDAC Director General, Prof. Christianah Adeyeye said the visit was to solicit the monarch’s cooperation in dissemination of information on dangers of drug abuse in the country.
Represented by the Director, Chemical Evaluation and Research Directorate, Ngozi Onuora, Adeyeye regretted the number of youths involved in tramadol consumption and other dangerous drugs inimical to their health.
She also advised women to desist from using chemicals to facilitate the ripening of their plaintains and bananas in view of its health implications.
She listed areas of public health challenges the campaign would cover to include dangers of buying medicine from hawkers, abuse of codeine and self medication especially among youths and use of kerosene tanker to load groundnut oil.
“Use of formalin on food, low level of exclusive breastfeeding practice, use of potassium promate to bake bread and use of azo-dyes in sniper to preserve food, among other unhealthy practices,” she added.
Highlights of the event included road show which took the team round the streets of the commercial city.