Edo State Governor, Godwin Obaseki has attributed the increasing rate of drug related crimes in Edo State to the strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU which forced students to remain at home since February 14, 2022.
Governor Godwin Obaseki made the disclosure after the state monthly security council meeting held at the weekend at the state Government House in Benin City.
According to the Governor, the drug abuse ranks among the top two crimes in Edo State, adding, there is high rate of consumption of illicit drugs in the last few months since ASUU started the strike action.
Governor Godwin Obaseki words read:
Addressing journalists after our monthly security council meeting, I attributed the lingering strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as a cause of the increasing rate of drug abuse in the state.
I appeal to ASUU and the federal government to do all they can to end the union strike as soon as possible for the interest of the children of this country.
Drug abuse ranks among the top two of serious security concerns in our state.
Our analysis shows that there is a high rate of consumption of illicit drugs in the last few months, which is not unconnected with the ASUU strike that has kept many students idle at home.