By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, has lamented the high rate of consumption of hard drugs, especially Indian hemp by the youths of Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
Egbeyemi said consumption of Indian hemp and other hard drugs was responsible for crimes like kidnapping, robbery, rape, cultism, thuggery and political violence.
According to a statement on Monday signed by his Special Assistant(Media), Odunayo Ogunmola, Egbeyemi spoke at a special prayer meeting organized by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ado-Ekiti Branch at Ewi’s Palace.
Egbeyemi also condemned the open sale of Indian hemp and other hard
drugs in some areas like Atikankan, Oke Ila, Odo Ado, Idemo and
Iworoko Road which he described as unacceptable and injurious to the
future of the youth.
The deputy governor urged parents to caution their children against
drug abuse and being used as thugs to cause mayhem in the forthcoming general elections.
Describing security as everybody’s business in Ekiti, Egbeyemi urged
residents to always assist the government and the police with useful information that could lead to the arrest of kidnappers, robbers and other criminals living among them.
While urging residents to be vigilant in their neighbourhoods and
their farms, Egbeyemi said any information given to the government and security agencies will be confidentially treated for the good of the state.
He also decried a situation in which some residents collaborate with
suspected kidnappers by helping them to take food to the captives in
their dens warning that such behavior constitutes security threat to the state.
Stressing the need for love and brotherliness among citizens in the
State, Egbeyemi maintained that relative peace and development would only thrive in an environment devoid of acrimony.
Egbeyemi who reiterated government’s commitment to prompt payment of salaries noted that regular payment of salaries had multiplier effect on the economy of the State.
The deputy governor while assuring the people of government’s resolute
to complete all abandoned projects, appealed to them to be patient on
developmental projects across the State.
Egbeyemi added that in no distant time the government would conduct employment into the state civil service.
In his remarks, the Ewi of Ado- Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe expressed
gratitude to God over the success of the last governorship election
conducted in the State.
Oba Adejugbe, who used the opportunity to sensitize the people on the need to perform their social responsibility in the coming election,called on all eligible registered voters in the State who were yet to collect their voter cards to do so.
The paramount ruler admonished the people to use their cards to vote
for the candidates of their choice in the coming general elections.
Delivering a sermon at the programme, Rev. Fr. Anthony Ijasan,emphasized the need for sacrificial love among the people.
Ijasan added that they should allow faith to reflect in their character and always seek the good of their neighbours and the state.
The prayer meeting featured royal blessings from the monarch, prayers for those in positions of authorities, peace and development of Ekiti and Nigeria and successful conduct of the coming general election.