From Maurice Okafor, Enugu
The management of the newly established ‘Peace Courier Services’, a conglomerate of Peace Group of companies established by Chief Maduka Onyishi has accepted to partner with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in curtailing illicit drug trafficking by drug peddlers, using Courier service companies as their route. The company also threatened to sack any of its workers involved in such deals.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive officer of Peace Group, Chief Maduka dropped the hints at a one-day seminar titled Implication of Illicit Drug trafficking through Postal/Courier Companies held in Enugu for members of staff of Peace Mass Transit (logistics) and drivers of the company.
The seminar which was organised by the Management of Peace Mass Transit Ltd (logistic section) in partnership with NDLEA, Enugu state Command was held at the Peace Mass Transit headquarters at Emene, Enugu.
Represented by the Deputy Director, Mrs Emilia Onyishi, the Peace Mass Transit boss, Chief Maduka Onyishi, said even though his company is not part of the problem but his establishment will be part of the solution in stopping the hard drug menace in our society.
He emphasised that the seminar will help to let his workers to know the dos and don’ts of the NDLEA as ignorance is not an excuse before the law.
Speaking at the event the commander, NDLEA, Enugu State command, Dr Anthony Nkem disclosed that drug peddlers have devised the strategy of fleeting the illicit drugs through courier services stating the seminar is timely so as to enlighten the workers in the Courier service department to note precautionary measures through which they can dictate illicit drugs.
He defined illicit drugs to include those drugs which science and experts have confirmed to be dangerous to health and should not be taken without recommendation of physicians. But lamented that unscrupulous elements in the society have formed the habit of making quick fortunes from it by indulging in trafficking those illicit drugs into the country and across the country, using services of courier companies.
“Drug peddlers use courier companies to do this drug trafficking and some of these companies are ignorant of their responsibilities. Companies should not allow themselves to be used as an avenue to facilitate illegality or criminality.
“We also discovered that people who are involved in drug trafficking business are desperate and can disguise in several ways so as to fool the courier companies because they are ignorant of their strategies. Unless you have smarter knowledge of these drugs, the dealers can pull wool in your eyes and confuse you.”
In the lecture with theme: ‘Implication of illicit drug trafficking through Postal/Courier Companies operators’ delivered by Mr Eyeuche Ome Adjai, Principal staff officer, drug demand reduction unit, NDLEA, he cautioned that it is incumbent on the courier services to educate their workers on the consequences of their company being used to fleet illicit drugs or any other illegal material.