Kogi State government has concluded plans to go into partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to introduce a whistle blower policy to stem the tide of drug abuse in the state.
Commissioner for Information and Communication, Evang. Kingsley Fanwo made the revelation when he paid a courtesy visit to the state Directorate of NDLEA in the state.
Fanwo who directed some officers in his ministry to commence the partnership process said the policy would be officially launched by the state governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello.
He said his ministry is committed to fighting the scourge using cost effective measures to allow for more developmental projects in the state.
“As a ministry, we are not only concerned with generating revenue into government coffers, we are rather concerned about ensuring that government does not have to spend too much in fighting insecurity, thereby leaving the money it would have expended on fighting the menace in the coffers of government for developmental projects.”
Fanwo who also reiterated the commitment of Governor Yahaya Bello’s administration to addressing the Infrastructural and other developmental challenges said one root cause of underdevelopment and insecurity is drug abuse.
He craved partnership with NDLEA for the campaign against the use of hard drugs especially among youth for them to remain useful citizens.
“Our ministry is ready to work with you to reduce the consumption of cannabis that is destroying the mental health of our youths in the state. When they are healthy and desist from addiction, they will be able to do well for themselves and the state,” Fanwo averred.