Ngatjizeko calls for collective fight against drug abuse

19 Mar 2014 07:40am
ONANDJABA, 19 MAR (NAMPA) - 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.