Ngatjizeko calls for collective fight against drug abuse

ONANDJABA: The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko, has called on the youth organizations, churches, schools and parents to actively educate and inform the young people about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

Ngatjizeko made the call at Onandjaba settlement in the Omusati Region on the occasion of the official inauguration of a new station of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) there on Monday.

He demanded the combating of drugs and alcohol abuse to be a collective fight. “Our nation is in danger, we need to act as quickly as possible,” Ngatjizeko urged, adding that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) stands ready to fight crime in all its manifestation but needs collective efforts of all stakeholders.

Ngatjizeko has at the same time called on members of NamPol to intensify their operations, particularly in the border posts, suburb and area that could be hide-outs for criminal.

The Safety and Security Minister believes drugs can destroy a nation and lead to the increase in crime such as domestic violence, gender based violence, murder and other related crimes.

Speaking at the same event, Inspector-General of NamPol, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga described gender based violence as a very disturbing trend which is facing the country and mostly being committed against women and children in the country.

Ndeitunga singled out husbands and boyfriends, whom he says were supposed to be protectors of women and children, as the culprits of gender-based violence.

“I am deeply concern about this trend (gender based violence). Let me, however, express my sincere appreciation to the central government for calling all citizens to join hands and fight this evil crime,” Ndeitunga stated.

The Safety and Security Ministry, through the Department of Police Force, has established a fully-fledged NamPol station and accommodation facilities at Onandjaba settlement to the costs of more than N.dollars 37.9 million.

(edited)ONANDJABA: The Minister of Safety and Security, Immanuel Ngatjizeko has called on youth organisations, churches, schools and parents to actively educate young people about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse.

Ngatjizeko made the call at Onandjaba settlement in the Omusati Region during the official inauguration of a new police station there on Monday.

The minister said the combating of drug and alcohol abuse should be a collective fight.

“Our nation is in danger, we need to act as quickly as possible,” he said, adding that the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) stands ready to fight crime in all its forms, but needs collective efforts from all stakeholders.

He at the same time called on members of NamPol to intensify their operations, particularly at border posts and areas that could be used as hideouts by criminals.

The Safety and Security Minister said drug use leads to an increase in crimes such as domestic violence, gender-based violence, murder and other crimes.

Speaking at the same event NamPol Inspector-General, Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga described gender-based violence as a “very disturbing trend faced by the country which is mostly committed against women and children”.

“I am deeply concerned about this trend. Let me, however, express my sincere appreciation to central government for calling on all citizens to join hands and fight this evil crime,” he stated.

The Safety and Security Ministry, through its Department of Police Force, has established a fully-fledged police station and accommodation facilities at Onandjaba settlement at a cost of more than N.dollars 37,9 million.

SOURCE: NAMPA