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Provide Standard Rehabilitation, NDLEA Urges RSG

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Rivers State Command has appealed to the Rivers State Government to assist the agency with a befitting centre for the correction and rehabilitation of drug addicts in the state.
The Principal Staff Officer, Drug Demand Reduction Unit of NDLEA, Stella Maris Awede, made this appeal during a lecture marking this year’s National Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Drug Trafficking in Port Harcourt.
Awede stated that the present NDLEA Rehabilitation Centre in Rivers State was not good enough for inmates.
Her words: “What we have is a make-shift facility, not a real rehabilitation centre. But we are managing the place to assist those abusing drugs get out of their addiction.
“We don’t have a standard rehabilitation centre, and my state commander has tried every available option to get the state government to provide a befitting centre to fast-track the process of rehabilitation and reintegration of drug addicts in the state,” Awede added.
She further stated that NDLEA would commence the prosecution of pharmaceutical shops which sell prescription drugs over the counter.
According to her, “We have done sensitization by organising seminars for drugs and medicine vendors with a view to exposing them to drugs they should not sell across the counter. Having done that, we think it is time to begin enforcement by arresting and prosecuting those who are in the habit of violating extant laws.
“We are also talking to the public. If we find any chemist or pharmacist selling ‘Cough Syrup with Nicotine,’ he or she would be arrested and prosecuted.
“We, therefore, appeal to the public to report any chemist or pharmacist found selling such drugs,” she added.
Meanwhile, the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN), Rivers State chapter has said that it would now apply punitive measures against pharmaceutical stores which sell prescription drugs over the counter.
The Chairman, Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Rivers State Chapter, Wale Oladigbolu, said the move was part of efforts to reduce abuse of prescription drugs.
Oladigbolu said illicit intake of prescription drugs by some youth in the state was responsible for the high rate of crime in the society.
His words: “In our environment today, we have people who are doing all lots of things. They take a lot of drugs and are ready to do anything. Once you say ‘go and fight’, they are ready to do all sort of things just because the drugs have beclouded their conscience, thereby making crime rate in the society high.
“I can tell you that NDLEA in Rivers State has made tremendous efforts in making sure that there is alliance of professionals in the world solving the problem of drug abuse, even in Rivers State,” Oladigbolu added.

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ITF Rates EEDC High On Human Resources Dev

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The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) has adjudged the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) “Best in Human Resource Development for 2020.”
Presenting the award of EEDC headquarters in Enugu, the Area Manager, ITF Enugu, Mrs Uzoamaka Yahaya, said the award was in recognition of EEDC’s efforts in the area of human capital development.
Yahaya said that the company did tremendously well in staff capacity building within the South-Eastern part of the company.
“The EEDC, which is a South-East franchise power firm, clinched the coveted award for the first time by meeting and exceeding all the necessary training requirements and financial obligations,” she said.
Responding after receiving the award, the Head Human Resources, EEDC, Mrs Nkiru Chukwuma, appreciated ITF for acknowledging all that the company had been doing in empowering its personnel.
Chukwuma also reiterated EEDC’s continued commitment to the training and retraining of staff, bearing in mind that they remained its critical asset.

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Body Tasks S’East On Climate Change

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A United Nations (UN) affiliated Climate Organisation, Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement, has urged people of the South East geopolitical zone to key into climate protection movements and practical messages to stem the tide of climate change.
The group made the call during its South-East “Climate Strike and Green Walk”, which was sub-themed; “Clean-up Enugu” held last Saturday in major roads and streets in Enugu metropolis.
The members of POP, who evacuated refuse on the roads, carried placards with the following inscriptions: “There is No Planet B”, “Climate Justice Now,” “Recycle Don’t Waste” among others.
The Country representative of POP, Mr Samuel Okorie, said that the essence of the walk and sanitation was to educate the residents of South-East that “climate change is real” and to imbibe good climate habits.
According to him, “we are raising the consciousness of people in the South-East on climate issues, which is already affecting them through numerous erosion sites, extinction of some native crops and excessive heat.”
Okorie also called on Nigerians to jettison a practice that injures the climate and environment.
“Nigerians must stop indiscriminate felling of tress, bush burning, dumping of refuse on drains/waterways, dumping of industrial chemicals on water-ways and streams and building on waterways.”
The country representative challenged residents of the South-East on taking practical actions to support good climate and environmental practices.
Continuing, he further said, “We just need one person to take just one positive action to protect our environment and such deed we add to efforts to revise the current climate change.”
Speaking, Executive Director, Town Crier Initiative Africa, Mr Ogene Ogbodo, said that it was time for Nigerians to rise and reverse all negative habits that had brought climate change development to the country.

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Magashi, Aregbesola, Others Meet Over Insecurity In S’East

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Defence Minister, Retired Maj Gen Bashir Magashi, his Interior Ministry counterpart, H.E. Raul Adesoji Aregbesola and Service Chiefs, over the weekend held a closed-door meeting on security challenges with all the Governors of the South East geo-political zone and other leaders of the political, religious and traditional institutions in the zone, at the Government House, Enugu.
Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, in his welcome address, described the Town Hall meeting as timely and apt, expressing optimism that the outcome of the meeting will engender the watershed to the security challenges in the South East zone.
The Governor who stressed the need for all government structures to uphold the security and welfare of the people as the primary purpose of government (enshrined in the 1999 Constitution), said that the consultation with the Service Chiefs and critical stakeholders of the South East zone, on the current security challenges, “underscores the centrality of this security responsibility in our consideration”. 
He, therefore thanked President Muhammadu Buhari over what he described as “desirable and laudable development”.

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