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Obi explains cash, cars donation

By DAVID ONWUCHEKWA, Nnewi
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Anambra State Government has declared war against drug trafficking and consumption in the state by joining hands with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to ensure that the war is total.

Governor Peter Obi stated this while presenting five new vehicles and a cheque of N10 million to the agency at the Governor's Lodge over the weekend. The vehicles included four pick-up SUVs and an 18-seater bus.

The governor said the assistance was to support the agency to rid the state of all forms of drug business and consumption. He assured that he would personally carry the campaign against hard drugs to all Nigerians in Diaspora and urged the people to join the battle to save the country from menace of drug addiction.

Responding to criticisms trailing presentation of vehicles to organizations and individuals at the twilight of his tenure, Obi said he welcomed all criticisms that were made in good faith, but reminded his critics, that before him, not even ministries in the state had vehicles and that he started over six years ago to buy vehicles for different groups that serve the people of the state.

Using the police as an example, he said: “Check your records till today, we have given the police over 300 vehicles. I have also given to the army, navy, schools, and many others. Those remaining, such as prisons will get theirs. I am not ready to cross swords with those seeking controversy where none exists.”

Responding, Chairman of the NDLEA, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade said the governor had made history by being the first to give such support to the agency since it came into existence, saying the governor had set an example, governments at all levels should emulate.

Alhaji Giade noted that the vehicles and financial support would boost operational capacity of the agency to carry out its activities efficiently and thanked the governor for his support.