By: Awesome Ekene
The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Anambra State has solicited support from Justice Development and Peace Caritas (JDPC), a faith based organization on fight against drug menace, especially the Methamphetamine Hydrochloride, popularly known as ‘Mkpuru Mmiri’ in the state.
The State Director, Bar. Charles Nwoji made the appeal on Thursday while playing host to a delegation from JDPC, Onitsha who were on an advocacy visit to his office.
He said such collaboration has become necessary in view of increasing security threats occasioned by such vices particularly among the youths.
He said, “We want you to join us in curbing the menace of drug addiction, within the state, southeast and the nation in general. We’re directing our attention to that area because it has become necessary.
“In Anambra, statistics, observation and media reports indicate that the issue of drug addiction, particularly the notorious mkpuru mmiri is high and has become a source of concern to the society because these are instigators of all forms of crime and violence.
“It’s no longer horrific cutting off someone’s head and playing football with it. We need your intervention to fight this monster to a standstill.”
The NOA boss further praised the group for its role in ensuring a free, fair and credible poll, especially in highlighting the obvious deficiencies that dotted the exercise in its report, promising to escalate the content.
“If we pay attention to these highlighted gaps there will be great improvement in the 2023 general election. But if we gloze over it or pretend not to know they’re existing, we’ll continue to witness similar experiences in the future.
Earlier in his presentation, the JDPC Manager, Alphonsus Nwoye, had advocated for enforcement of the provisions of the January, 2019 Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) published “ABC of Electoral Offences and Penalties” to improve integrity of nation’s electoral process.
He commended the agency over its intensive voter education sensitization ahead of the election, calling for its sustainability even during off election season.
“Your agency’s intensive voter/civic education sensitization before the election is highly commendable and should be sustained even during off election season which we hope to strengthen our collaboration with your agency.
“We count on your capacity, capability, competence and influence to reach out to relevant state authorities and non-state stakeholders to permanently put a halt to the above concerns we raised with a view to depeen our electoral process and democracy,” he added.