By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta.
The Africa youths, particularly students have been advised against the use of illicit drugs but face their education to achieve their life’s targets and be counted among their equals.
The Controller of Customs Ogun State Command, Comptroller Waindu Multafu gave the advice over the weekend at Idiroko when the African Students Parliament (ASUP) honoured him with the Pan African Leadership award.
According to him, youths must face their education diligently to achieve a grater height and shun the use of illicit drugs which are capable of turning them into rogues and terrorists of all kinds.
“Yes, your coming is timely to kick start yet another war against the use of dangerous drugs by the youth. Things are very difficult today; no employment and the country is facing economic recession therefore, you must be guard against all acts that are capable of turning your lives into misery.”Multafu stressed.
He stated further that he was a pioneer drug interdiction agent that transferred more than 200 drugs barons to the Police in 1986 thus, their coming was timely to guide against the use of illicit drugs.
The Department of National Drugs Unit started interdiction of drugs barons in 1986 under Customs and Excise before NDLEA was established in 1989.
The decree that established NDLEA stipulated that they come with their lawyers and the lawyers under the federal ministry of Justice then moved back to the ministry. I was the only one left before NDLEA lawyers resumed .So, I can say confidently that NDLEA is my mother unit under the then military regime of General Muhammadu Buhari and late General Tunde Idiagbon.
Multafu further assured that Nigeria Customs will continue to do her best to generate more fund to the cover of the federal government adding that oil industry is no longer enough to meet the needs of the nation hence,all hands must be on deck to sustain the country.
According to him, Customs have no reason to fail on her duties because the Controller General (CG) is up to the task.
He also appreciated the union for the award saying, the award was one of the best so far received and dedicated it to all customs personnel under his command.
Earlier, the African students union parliament identified the neglect of the youths by Africa leaders as bane of all social vices in the continent.
The majority leader of the union,comrade David Christopher said all the unnecessary conflicts, kidnappings, robberies ought not to have happened should the youths were adequately taken care adding, Africa is today faced with the dire consequences of years of youths neglect.
“At this point that youths needed to have exemplary leaders as role models, we carefully selected Comptroller Waindu Multafu to honor him with pan African leadership award.
“Rare people like him have chosen a path that mitigates the adverse effect of imbalance by leading a life of benevolence, compassion and astute dedication to effective service delivery.” Christopher stated.
By; NIYI OGUNGBOLA, Abeokuta.