Governor Ifeannyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State.

NDLEA Lauds Enugu Gov, Ugwuanyi, In Fight Against Drug Abuse

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has lauded Governor

Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s uncommon affection and remarkable contributions

towards the success story of the agency in tackling drug abuse and

illicit trafficking in Enugu State.


The agency said that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s disposition has been a source of

motivation, adding that the gesture was responsible for the various

“unimaginable” arrests of drug traffickers and seizures of illicit

drugs it has made in the state in recent times.


Speaking at the event commemorating the 2018 International Day against

Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, held at the headquarters of the

NDLEA in Enugu, the State Commander, Dr. Anthony Nkem Ohanyere, stated

that “it has never been so good since Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi became the

governor of this state”. The international event also coincided with

the inauguration of the command’s auditorium, which was newly

refurbished by the state government and named after Gov. Ugwuanyi.


Dr. Ohanyere disclosed that the governor has been “very supportive” of

the agency, adding that his administration “rebuilt this edifice for

us and made us to become a national pride, a reference point in the



The state commander noted that Gov. Ugwuanyi’s supportive role was

also “because of the love he has for the youth of this state and the

interest he has in their future and proper upbringing and wellbeing”,

assuring the governor that his investment in the command “will never

be in vain in Jesus Name, Amen.”


Dr. Ohanyere further disclosed that the governor’s motivation led to

the discovery of “a clandestine laboratory in Udi local government

area last year”, where “20kg of Amphetamine was recovered”, which he

described as “the most dangerous and expensive illicit drug in the



He also revealed that the command “in the first half of this year, has

already made a seizure of one ton of illicit drug; that is 1000kg”,

saying: “We also a few months ago discovered another clandestine

laboratory at Umuokorouba in Ozalla, Nkanu West L.G.A”, among other



In his opening remark, the Archbishop of Enugu Ecclesiastical

Province (Anglican Communion), Most Rev. Dr. Emmanuel Chukwuma, who

chaired the occasion, equally commended Gov. Ugwuanyi for his support

to the security agencies in the state.


The Archbishop maintained that the “indefatigable” governor has done

so well in ensuring that the NDLEA discharged its responsibilities

effectively in the state.


He equally applauded the state command for the judicious utilization

of the governor’s support and assistance for the fight against drug

abuse and illicit trafficking, stressing that “NDLEA must be supported

to stop illicit drug abuse in the country”, which he said “is damaging

a lot of people”.


In his response, Gov. Ugwuanyi, who commended the NDLEA State

Commander and staff for their impressive performance in the fight

against drug abuse and illicit trafficking in the state, also

applauded their efforts at infrastructure and facilities upgrade at

the headquarters “with the funds provided by the state government upon

a request from the command”.


According to the governor, “the prompt refurbishment of this

auditorium along with other works, bear further testimony to their

commitment to this noble objective”.


Gov. Ugwuanyi, while highlighting the dangers of illicit drug use and

trafficking, reemphasized the need for intensified efforts towards

tackling the threats, through “strict enforcement of relevant and

extant laws, adequate public enlightenment and the provision of

necessary health, counseling and rehabilitation services”.


“Given the very special and crucial nature of its duties, I wish to

assure the state command of the NDLEA, that we will as a matter of

policy, continue to offer our firm cooperation, support and assistance

towards ensuring even greater successes in the operations of the

agency in Enugu State”, the governor pledged.