Awka-Anambra State Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala says his ministry will collaborate with National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to fight drug trafficking and abuse in the state.

Dr Okpala said this during a courtesy visit by newly appointed NDLEA Commander Anambra State Command, Mr Misbahu M Idris in his office at the Jerome Udoji Secretariat Complex, Awka.

He said that the state drug control committee constituted by Gov. Willie Obiano would work closely with the agency to eliminate drug trafficking and abuses across the state.

The commissioner noted that the purpose of drug control committee was to ensure that all parties involved, would work together to achieve the goals.

Health is diverse both in mental and physical health, we know that the agency is not relenting in this regard, which will make our job easier.

Mental health is where we must pay urgent attention with your agency.

I have seen that you (NDLEA) are very proactive because in less than two months, you have already effected 50 arrests and four convictions.

Bringing your health experience is something that is commendable and we are enjoying that your experience already,” he noted.

Dr Okpala commended him for the visit, assuring him of continued collaboration and support from the ministry as well as the government.

Earlier, Mr Idris said his visit was to seek for collaboration with the ministry of health in order to fight against drug trafficking and abuses.

He noted that ministry of health was one of their major stakeholders, believing they would help them in the fight against drug abuses and trafficking in the state.

NDLEA cannot do it alone; the reason we have come to seek collaboration and cooperation for our ideas to be fully achieved and implemented.

We arrested 249 suspects, seized 426.5988kg of hard drugs and secured 37 convictions in 2019,” the commander said.

He applauded the state Government’s support in the fight against insecurity, drug trafficking as well as the leadership style of the commissioner, urging him to remain committed.

Source: Anambra State Government