Delta State Government has stepped up its fight against cultism and other sundry crimes in the state. The State Governor, Senator Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa disclosed this at a one-day sensitization programme with the theme: Cultism and the Nigeria Child” held at the Town Hall, Ogwashi-Uku, Aniocha South Local Government Area.
Okowa who was represented at the occasion by his Chief of Staff, Government House, Asaba, Hon. Tam Brisibe expressed the desire of government to curb the activities of cultism among school children and youths in the state.
He stated that parents should endeavour to show love to their children and wards by teaching them the dangers of engaging in cult activities, adding that no child will ever benefit from being a member of any cult.
The governor appealed to parents and all to join hands with his administration in its task of stamping out cultism in the state.
The member representing Aniocha South constituency in the Delta State House of Assembly, Hon. Angela Nwaka commended the state governor and the officers of youth orientation for embarking on the sensitization exercise, which she noted, will go a long way to educating the youth on the danger of cultism.
While decrying the increasing rate of cult activities among school children and youths, Hon Nwaka urged parents and guardians to caution their children and wards to be wary of the type of friends and companies they keep.
The female lawmaker noted that the activities of cultists are the root cause of armed robbery, kidnapping and other forms of violent crimes being experienced in the neighbourhood, adding that all hands should be on deck to stamp out cultism in the state.
In a keynote address, the Executive Assistant to the governor on Orientation, Barr. Eugene Uzum, harped the need for good parenting, which according to him, is the best way to guard against any child from involving in crimes or cult activities.
Other persons who spoke at the event including the Senior Special Assistant to the governor on Youth Development who is also a director representing Delta North in the office of Orientation, Comrade Innocent Esewesie; the State Commissioner of Police, Mr Zanna Ibrahim; Aniocha South Council Vice Chairman, Hon Steve Asikawili and the Chairman of the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Aniocha South Chapter, Comrade Mayor Chinedu Enujeko while commending the state government for the campaign against cultism, enjoined school children and youths to shun cultism.
The Commissioner for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hon Austin Chikezie, Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Charles Aniagwu and other political aides were among those who attended the program.
BY: PATRICK OGBOGU