Andy Uba reveals solution to drug abuse in Anambra

Andy Uba reveals solution to drug abuse in Anambra

Former Anambra Governor, Andy Uba, has offered some solutions to the increasing rate of drug abuse in the southeastern state.

Uba, who recently contested the 2021 Anambra governorship poll in a statement released on Friday noted that one of the greatest threat today in Igbo land, especially in Anambra is drug abuse among youths.

While nothing that various community youth leadership in Anambra State have adopted flogging anyone found to be taking the methamphetamines called Mkpulu Mmili in the southeast, Uba noted that such measure won’t stop the act.

“The question has been, will such beating solve or stop someone that is already addicted to that?

“My view is that we should embark on advocacy, reorientation and rehabilitation programmes among other things as approach against the new threat from consumption of ‘Mkpulu Mmili’. The government and civil society organizations should lead this strategy.

“In Anambra State, Ministries of Health, Youth, Women affairs, LGA etc should synergies and coordinate the advocacy, reorientation and rehabilitation of youths on issue of Mkpulu Mmili menace.

“In Anambra State, we have in existence, a well organized local community administrative system (Town Union). Community system, which remain a major infrastructure through which the above listed State Government Ministries and Civil organisations can effectively manage the growing ‘Mkpulu Mmili’ abuse in the state.

“The rehabilitation content should accommodate training them on various skill for productivity purposes.

“We can not be facing such challenge and the state govt agencies that should initiate intervention will be busy in Awka while the labour force of the state is under threat due to drug abuse.

“You cannot separate the growing consumption of Mkpulu Mmili from violent crime that is creeping into our state.

“There is need for the government to take over the narrative on the issue of Mkpulu Mmili in the state.

“If Awka is too busy to look into the happenings in various communities, why not devolve powers to LGAs who are closer to the people?

“I, therefore, call for a new policy regime in confronting this threat as flogging mkpulu mmili users won’t solve the scaring challenges in Igboland.”

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