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.