Drug addiction fuels crime- Diri – The Sun Nigeria

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From Femi Folaranmi, Yenagoa

Bayelsa State Governor Senator Douye Diri has linked drug addiction to increased crime and crime.

Governor Diri made the connection made over the weekend at the Peace Park in Yenagoa during an anti-drug abuse awareness march/campaign to mark this year’s International Day Against Drug Addiction and Illicit Trafficking.

Diri, in a statement by his chief press officer, Daniel Alabrah, said that in an effort to combat the threat associated with drug abuse, his government has formed an abuse prevention and rehabilitation committee. drugs with well-qualified personnel in the field.

He noted that crime and criminality are closely related to drug abuse, and it is for this reason that the committee was established to prevent the lives of young people from wasting away.

While emphasizing that the current administration is committed to rescuing those caught in the drug addiction web by building a rehab center in the state, the governor advised young people about the dangers of drug addiction to join the campaign against the wrongful act.

“I have always said that crime and criminality have an inverse relationship. If you look at the statistics of criminal and gang activity across the country, you will find that most of the people involved in crime and criminality are drug addicts. We cannot afford to ruin the lives of the underprivileged. Our young people are golden to us.

“As a government, we have come to this awareness and that is why we have created this committee of professional and committed members who have continued to educate the public and our young people to stay away from drugs, crime and crime and embrace the good life.

“We are doing everything we can so that even those who are addicted will soon have a place of rehabilitation. Your state government is building a rehabilitation center in the local government area of ​​Ogbia. »

Governor Diri took the opportunity to warn politicians against negatively influencing young people regarding the use of illicit drugs, urging them to desist from this inhumane act or be prepared to face the accompanying circumstances.

He thanked the Drug Abuse Prevention and Rehabilitation Committee for always being proactive in addressing drug abuse and addiction.

In her opening remarks, the chair of the committee, Dr. Faith Zibs-Godwin, noted that in 1987, the United Nations General Assembly had decided to observe each June 26 the international day against the abuse and illicit drug trafficking, an expression of his determination to achieve his goal. of a drug-free society.

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