500 youths re­nounce cultism, drugs

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - From Emma Elekwa, Awka

About 500 youths of Ogidi in Ide­mili North Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of Anam­bra State have re­nounced cultism, drug abuse and re­lated crimes.

The re­pen­tant cultists, dressed in white jersey, con­verged on the com­mu­nity town hall from where they marched through ma­jor roads in a peace­ful pro­ces­sion at the week­end.

Ad­dress­ing the re­pen­tant cultists, a stake­holder in the com­mu­nity, Bar­ris­ter Obum Osaka, said the cam­paign on zero tol­er­ance to crim­i­nal­ity and drugs was tar­geted at mak­ing the youths use­ful cit­i­zens.

He said the Obiano-led ad­min­is­tra­tion had mapped out var­i­ous en­trepreneur­ship and vo­ca­tional pro­grammes for youths in the state, adding that the ini­tia­tor of the cam­paign, Chief Okonkwo, also ear­marked re­sources as em­pow­er­ment fund for youths in the area.

Also speak­ing, the tra­di­tional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido, at­trib­uted crim­i­nal ten­den­cies to un­em­ploy­ment. He called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to cre­ate em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for the teem­ing un­em­ployed youths.

He ad­vo­cated the in­clu­sion of pro­grammes to en­lighten youths on neg­a­tive ef­fects of drug abuse, cau­tion­ing them to avoid cultism, com­mu­nal fight­ing and other so­cial vices.

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