By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun on Tuesday raised alarm on proliferation of illicit drugs among the youth in the country.
Oba Balogun while raising the alarm during a familiarization visit of the Oyo State Command of the NDLEA led by its Commander, Olayinka Fadile to him in his Alarere residence tasked the National Drugs and Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to remain up and doing in tackling the problem that is becoming cancerous.
The Olubadan emphasized that the entire traditional council of Ibadan was worried about the unpleasant situation in the various community compounds in the hinterland where boys and girls now take pride in drug abuse without let or hindrance hence the need for the agency to check the situation.
” You cannot be more worried than me and my members of the traditional council in Ibadanland over the menace of drug abuse among our boys and girls in our community compounds” he said .
Oba Balogun added, ” On our part, we won’t relent drumming it into their ears the dangers inherent in the crime, but, we want more from your agency, especially through the deployment of your intelligence gathering unit.
“We assure you of our cooperation and collaboration to stem the ugly tide. At the palace level, we are in constant touch with the Mogajis and Baales on the need to monitor their respective areas and ensure that all manners of crime are exposed for proper sanction. We won’t relent. Making me Ambassador of your advocacy campaign is a welcome responsibility which will permeate the entire traditional system”.
Speaking, the NDLEA boss Commander Olayinka said “the task before us is challenging and there’s no way we can do it alone without the involvement of our respective communities. When we talk of the communities, we are talking about the community leaders and this is how and why Your Imperial Majesty is involved.
“The agency is worried about the rate at which our youths abuse drugs. They have graduated from hemp smoking to others and more dangerous synthetic drugs that are now manufactured under various names like kolos, loud and all sorts of other names too numerous to mention, making the future to look bleak for our youths if care is not taken”, he said
The NDLEA Commander added, “It is for this reason that we are engaging all the critical stakeholders like Your Imperial Majesty with the conviction that with your support, we will succeed. This was part of what led to the WADA, the initiative of our Chairman/Chief Executive Officer, Brig. Gen. Bubba Marwa (Rtd) and for which Your Imperial Majesty is now being made an Ambassador.
“The initiative is an advocacy campaign to create awareness that will spread through the society with anti-drug culture. It entails setting up coordinated anti drug programs and committees across the communities which are expected of our ambassadors. We are counting on Your Imperial Majesty as our ambassador to help create drug awareness activities that will suffuse society with offensive actions against drug activities.”
Oba Balogun was decorated as Ambassador of War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) by Commander Fadile.