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Government Labels Drug Abuse As Leading Factor In Gang Activities in Ibadan

The Government of Oyo State has set up a meeting of stakeholders, based on the prevalence of insecurity in some parts of Ibadan, spurred by hoodlums and violent gangs.

The government advised youths to abstain from violence and crime, remarking that the present administration remains devoted to putting in place policies that will bring about a new kind of life to the youth population in the State.

Moses Alao, the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the governor, in a statement revealed that the state’s Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Matters, Barr. Bayo Lawal, gave this counsel on Monday while briefing media officers immediately after the security meeting held at the Ibadan North-East Local Government.

The security meeting was a case of emergency so it was attended by critical stakeholders in the local government, including the caretaker chairman of Ibadan North-East Local Government, Mr Ibrahim AKintayo; Balogun of Ibadanland, High Chief Owolabi Olakulehin; Chief Lateef Oyelade, Mogajis, local security outfits such as the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) and Asoludero Guards, heads of security agencies, e.t.c.

The government representatives re appointees of the governor including the full-time Commissioner, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board, Hon. Akeem Oladeji; Personal Assistant to the governor, Mr Hakeem Azeez and the Liaison Officer, Ibadan North-East, Mr Yahaya Akinbile.

Updating media officers instantly after the closed-door meeting, the Commissioner for Local Government Matters quoted the governor as been worried about the gang wars and hoodlums crisis in some parts of Ibadan and he ordered that the meeting be held to deduce the immediate and remote causes of the crisis and create permanent solutions.

A result of the commissioner’s report states hard drugs as the major cause of the rebellious and criminal acts while warning parents to control their children and look after them.

The commissioner noted: “The purpose of this meeting is to be active on the frequent crisis being led by hoodlums within Ibadan North Local Government.

“Apparently, the governor himself was disturbed and he gave us instructions to order this stakeholders’ meeting to find out the remote and immediate causes and bring suggestions on how to end it. That was why we called this stakeholders meeting.

“Today, I am happy to tell you that we were able to collate the causes and we have been able to gather the solutions from various stakeholders, which we will still further analyse and also work out modalities of taking effective steps as suggested by the stakeholders.”

While scolding the youths driving trouble in the local government, Lawal said: “I want to appeal to them; the government is responding to most of their requests as being suggested by the stakeholders.

“So, they should be patient with us. All our election promises, we have made sure that we are delivering on them.”

Speaking on the main reason of the breaches, Lawal added: “As claimed by the stakeholders, hard drugs is one of the major causes. Some of these youths are juveniles. And the parents fail to perform their duties.

“If parents give their children proper orientation, proper counselling and they give them the duty of care, they won’t be on the streets supported by hard drugs. So what do you expect?

“So, all these we are going to address,” the commissioner guaranteed, remarking, still, that insecurity can only be tackled through combined efforts.

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