The Imo Government has urged youths in the state to eschew drug abuse and criminal tendencies during the yuletide celebration.

The Special Adviser to Governor Hope Uzodinma on Narcotics and Illicit Drugs Monitoring, Ezechukwu Obonna, gave the advice during a sensitisation programme held at Obizi Commynity, Ezinihitte Local Government Area on Thursday.

Obonna said that the programme, organised by his office, in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, was borne out of the desire to direct the youths toward gainful ventures and also keep them properly guided throughout the festive period and beyond.

He said that as part of its commitment to a drug-free Imo, the State Government established a rehabilitation centre for victims of drug abuse.

The commissioner noted that government is not resting on its oars in ensuring that the fight against drug abuse is won.

He charged the youths to avoid wrong influences capable of jeopardising their future, adding that they are the leaders of tomorrow.

“This is part of our community sensitisation against the abuse and trafficking of illicit drugs, in line with a directive of our dear governor, Sen. Hope Uzodinma.

“Most crimes are committed under the influence of drugs, hence the need for our youths to join hands with the government to eliminate the menace by staying away from illicit drugs and thus avoiding crime,“ he said.

Yuletide: Imo Govt urges youths to eschew drug abuse, criminality

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