Illicit Drug Intake Impacts Negatively on Security,Public Health Others, Budget, National- Planning Minister,Agba Warns
The negative impact of illicit drug use on public health, the future of youths and national security cannot be over emphasised, according to Minister of State for Budget and National Planning, Prince Clem Ikanade Agba.
Agba stated this at the final Project Management Committee (PMC) meeting and closure event of European Union Response to Drugs and Related Organised Crime in Nigeria, on Monday, in Abuja.
He maintained that the negative consequences of illicit drug use “pose a serious threat to economic growth and business productivity.”
The minister explained that efforts geared towards tackling drug abuse were invariably steps in the direction of national development.
In his opening remarks, Agba stressed that the project had provided an avenue for the UNODC to support Nigerian partners in developing evidence-based policies and in improving legislation and coordination in pursuit of a balanced approach to drug control, with equal emphasis being provided to drug demand reduction and to supply suppression.
The event marked 10 years of the EU-UNODC-Nigeria partnership on drug control in Nigeria.
The minister said the emphasis of the project had been on the intersection between drugs and organised crime, in line with relevant international conventions and adopting a balanced, human-rights-based approach rooted in international best practice.
He said that the project also contributed to improving law enforcement and regulatory capacity in drug control and in tackling organised drug-related crime, as well as the enhancement of drug prevention, treatment and care service provided by various actors.
He stated further: “Being one of the interventions under the Governance, Peace and Migration Focal Area of the 10th European Development Fund (EDF)-National Indicative Programme (NIP) for Nigeria, the Project aligns with some of the objectives of the National Development Plan (NDP 2021-2025), and the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025).
“Some of these NDP objectives include to improve efforts of state and civil society actors in fighting drug production, trafficking and use, as well as curbing related organized crime, including counterfeit narcotics and psychotropic substances.
“These objectives are being realised by providing training and ensuring strong partnership with law enforcement agencies, enhance capacity across the public, private and social sectors through sensitisation, as well as expanding citizens engagement and inclusion through policy changes and technology adoption.”
He said the partnership resulted in the implementation of hundreds of project activities, including development of evidence-based policies and strategies Institutional capacity building and legislative support, drug prevention, treatment and care, and access and control.
“Today, we are happy to state some of the key achievements of the programme which are not limited to the following: The production of the National Drug Control Master Plan (2021-2025); published survey on cannabis cultivation in Nigeria; completion of pilot phase of implementation of sentencing guidelines aimed at ensuring transparency, predictability, fairness and proportionality in the adjudication of drug cases in six states.”
He further stated that as the National Authorising Officer, he had so many takeaways, “and they are worth sharing because they were the key factors, which kept the project going in spite of the various hurdles, difficulties and problems encountered. Most times those hurdles used to appear insurmountable, but for our resolve and persuasive power, which the team had, we ensured that they were all addressed.”
He expressed sincere appreciation to the European Union for the immense assistance to Nigeria.
“I must also commend UNODC for their efforts in the implementation of this project. To other stakeholders, I wish to acknowledge your cooperation during the cause of the implementation of this Project
ANTI PARTY ACTIVITIES: Esan Central APC, Suspends Nine Leaders, Appoints Bello
Nine Leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Esan Central LGA have been suspended at an extraordinary meeting held this evening at Irrua, the LGA capital.
The suspended leaders include APC State Vice Chairman, Chief Francis Inegbeniki, Esan Central foremost Party Leader, Prince Willy Shaka Momodu, Ward Leader, Hon Abudu Ugbesia, among six others.
The suspended nine APC leaders are alleged to have held a clandestine meeting at a hotel in Eidenu, Irrua on the eve of the House of Assembly election and resolved to work against their party candidate for the House of Assembly election, Hon Victor Edoror. It is alleged that they were induced by the ruling party and their grand conspiracy to disallow Hon Edoror to get into the House and become the Speaker which might scuttle their agenda for Esan governor candidate from Esan Central LGA.
The meeting which was attended enmass by angry members and party executives of the party across the LGA appointed former LGA Councillior, and House of Assembly election aspirant, Hon. Bello Oyaziwolo, as the acting Leader, to oversee the affairs of the party pending the determination of the investigation into the degree of involvement of each of the suspended leader.
Interestingly, the Deputy Leader of the Party in Esan Central LGA and former Vice Chairman of the LGA, Hon Francis Ubene, was exempted from suspension because preliminary investigation revealed that he was in the meeting allegedly called by Chief Inegbeniki, but he refused to agree with their alleged plan to sabotage the election for Hon Edoror because according to him “I have forgiven him and if I have forgiven him, I cannot work against him or the party”.
Speaking with Hon Bello, after the appointment, the new LGA Leader said he was not interested in Leading the party for selfish reasons but would commit himself to helping the party rid itself of betrayals and inept leaders in the LGA and hopefully allow a free process to produce the next LGA Leader.
Delta: Oborevwori’s Victory, A Turning Point, Says Ebireri
Media Consultant, Henry Ebireri, has urged Delta State governor-elect, Rt. Hon Sheriff Oborevwori to embark only on programmes that are genuine, attainable, purposeful, durable and people-oriented.
He also urged him to make a significant impact at improving the lot of the masses.
In a statement in Sapele, the media consultant described the March 18 governorship election in Delta State as ‘’’a turning point, a landmark in the history of the oil rich state’’.
He appealed to Oborevwori to steer Delta State in the needed direction.
‘’There is a very high expectation from the governor-elect by the people. He must direct his energy towards inculcating the spirit of self-reliance among the citizenry through economic and empowerment programmes’’
The media professional listed security, youth and women empowerment, agriculture, health, education, infrastructural development, industrial revolution, cultural and tourism rebirth, communication and sports development as key areas to be addressed by the governor-elect.
The statement underscored the future of Delta youths infrastructure and security challenges.
He urged Oborevwori to be fair to all.
He also urged him to recruit only qualified, competent and meritorious hands to help him develop the oil-rich state.
‘’They should be people of integrity, honesty and trust. The team should comprise only tested, dedicated, loyal, courageous, selfless, focused and visionary men and women’’
Ebireri further commended Governor Ifeanyi Okowa for his immense contribution to the political development of Delta State.
Senator Ovie Omo-Agege Rejects INEC’s Declaration of Oborevwori As Winner of Delta Poll
A while ago, the Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in Delta State announced Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori, gubernatorial flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) as the governor-elect following the March 18 governorship election.
The declaration was made despite the myriad of infractions and acts of impunity on the part of the PDP in the course of the election. These were brought to the attention of INEC with incontrovertible proof.
The March 18 election was characterized by massive fraud, unprecedented vote buying and voter suppression perpetrated by the PDP in the course of the election.
The fraudulent nature of PDP’s so-called victory are just too damning and daring for it to be acceptable in any decent society. Most of those infractions are on the public domain and known to INEC officials and the security agencies involved in superintending the election.
In the February 25 Presidential and National Assembly elections, the results pointed to an unequivocal rejection of the PDP. Of the three senatorial zones in the state, APC won two while PDP controversially edged out the Labour Party in the Delta North Senate race.
It was an unadulterated verdict of Deltans on how they have fared under 24 years of governance of their state by PDP.
On the basis of the factors listed and more that will come later, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, governorship candidate of the APC in Delta State as well as the leadership of the party, unequivocally reject the declaration by INEC of Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori of the PDP as winner of the March 18 governorship election.
We will challenge this fraudulent result using all legal means.
As a democrat and Deputy President of the Senate, Omo-Agege will explore all lawful avenues to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by the good people of Delta State.
To the numerous supporters of APC and the entire public that share in Omo-Agege’s vision of building a new Delta State, we urge you all to remain calm, peaceful and law abiding.
I can assure all our teeming supporters and all Deltans that the PDP pyrrhic celebration of a stolen mandate will be short-lived.
By the grace of God and the clearly expressed wish of the people, this electoral heist will be reversed and Senator Omo-Agege will be sworn in on May 29, 2023 as the lawfully elected Governor of Delta State.
Chief Press Secretary to the Deputy President of the Senate and Governorship Candidate of APC, Delta State, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege
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