The Apapa Special Area Commander of the NDLEA, Mr. Inalegwu Ameh (right) decorating e-money as a WADA patron.
Story by Dili Utomi.
The authorities at the Apapa Special Area Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) led by the Commander, Inalegwu Ameh has decorated Chief Emeka Daniel Okonkwo the chairman and chief executive officer of the Emmy Cargo Bonded Terminal also popularly known as e-money as a patron of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), a pet project of Brig.Gen Buba Marwa (Rtd.), the chairman/chief executive officer of the NDLEA.
At the decoration of e-money as a patron, Mr. Ameh said that “E-Money in addition to being a key-player in the maritime industry commands a massive social media followership, which is a veritable platform for changing the thinking in favour of drug use prevention”. He added by saying that “You are by this decoration enjoined to lead the charge against drug abuse and illicit drug trafficking,” the Area Commander maintained that “The maritime industry where you are a key player is being invaded by unscrupulous drug merchants to ship in drugs. And the youth population that you are one of the influencers is the most vulnerable age group.”
Chief Okonkwo said that his consideration for the decoration is a mark of great honour as he added ““Permit me to note that this decoration is not an accident. I have had the cause, many years back to hand over some unscrupulous elements who wanted to use my premises to ship in drugs. I would like to assure you that I am committed to taking this anti-drug crusade to millions of my followers, especially the 12 million Nigeria youths who follow me on social media”, e-money promised.
Chief Okonkwo also expressed worries about the menace of drug abuse in the Nigerian society as he said that ““coming from a region being ravaged by the use of Crystal Meth (widely called Mkpuru miri), we all need to join hands with your Agency to make sure that we change the narrative. This is one campaign that I am prepared to lead. We must recover our land from the menace of drug use because all the deviant and criminal dispositions of our young people today are on account of drugs”. He added that ““We need to operationalise our commitment with achievable programmes and actions. I will not spare my resources in this direction”.
The NDLEA in recent times has been engaging in multilevel and whole-society-approach in trying to tackle the menace of drug abuse which almost every Nigerian has agreed that is a real serious problem and part of that programme is the involvement of well known persons in the society especially social media influencers, artists and traditional rulers in a bid to stem the tide of this very negative practice.
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