The government of Delta state has kick-started an espionage with the view to combating cultism, drug abuse and other social vices to a standstill in the state.
The state governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa reveals this while playing host to the state chapter of the National Youths Council of Nigeria (NYCN).
According to the Governor, “there has been a lot of cultism and the use of drugs, and it is ravaging our youths; wherever we find ourselves, we should kick against it (cultism and drug abuse).”
The Governor further emphasized that “Cultism has become active even in secondary schools and outside the walls of our schools, we need to carry out advocacy among our youths, so that we begin to rethink these ills, we cannot destroy ourselves, we need to reach out to the youths early enough so as to save them from self-destruction”.
While disclosing that his administration through the Directorate of Orientation was currently involved in awareness campaign against cultism and drug abuse, Governor Okowa added that his administration has also empowered youths through different skill acquisition programmes to be self-sufficient and become employers of labour.
He stated that his administration will continue to encourage the youths especially through technical skills, and called on the NYCN to “build and inculcate in the mind of the youths the need for hard work, commitment, focus in other to succeed in life.”
The Governor assured the youths of his administration’s readiness to partner with relevant stakeholders in its desire to run an inclusive and participatory government for the desired results to be achieved.
“We are disposed to getting people to be part of decision making and governance, that informs the town hall meetings that we have been holding and that is why we hold stakeholders meeting to get the input of our people,” said the Governor.
Earlier, NYCN Delta state chapter president, Comrade Kenneth Okorie, accompanied by members of the executive committee, commended Governor Okowa for carrying out programme that are beneficial to the youths.