Gov Okowa alarmed over cultism menace in Nigeria, wants police to act fast


By Kasarachi Azuka/Asaba

Gov Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State is alarmed over the high rate of cultism in Nigeria. The governor wants urgent action to save the nation. The governor hals therefore urged security agencies to urgently tackle the menace in the society.

He made the call in Asaba when the new Commissioner of Police in the state, Mohammadu Mustafa, paid him a familiarization visit.

He frowned at the level of cultism in the country and charged security operatives to as a matter of urgency curb the trend, noting that parents, teachers, also, share in the blame for not properly guiding the youths.

“Alarming rise in cultism can be attributed to poor home training, peer  group influence, negligence of parents inculcating morals to the children, there is need to educate children from their formative stages to have respect for human lives, parents must spend more time with the children and teachers must pay attention to pupils in the schools; this will help reduce the challenges policemen face in the society,” he said, and emphasized that security agencies should take it as a serious challenge to check the rise of cultism.

Meanwhil, Gov Okowa has given pass mark to the entertainment industry in the country, saying it has improved a great deal in addressing vital issues affecting the youths, hence he assured of his administration’s readiness to partner the industry to continue to impact on the society.

He gave the mark during the premier of the movie ” The Graduates” produced by Predy Wisdom Okowa at the Cartege Cinema in Asaba, Gov Okowa.

“The entertaining industry is becoming more creative, the quality and packaging of movies produced now is nice, government will continue to support the industry and ensure that they contribute their quota in building a healthy and godly society through education and corrective measures”, he said.

He commended the producer on the quality of the work stressing that  the movie exposed the vices youth engage in, because of lack of parental upbringing, also educated the people on the need to know their genotype and HIV status before marriage explaining that indiscriminate sex and multiple sex partners were wrong and would not help to build  a healthy society.

Okowa called on parents not to neglect their duties to their children but be examples for their children to emulate  such that crimes among the youths would be reduced to the barest minimum. “We will have children that are well brought up and godly for a healthy society, he added.

The Movie which lasted over an hour talked about avoiding multiple sex partners and the need to know one’s genotype in order not to have children with sickle cell disorder.