Assorted illicit and banned products that include pharmaceuticals, narcotics and plastic bags valued at over Rwf32 million have been seized in separate operations conducted in Nyagatare in the last three months.
The operations were conducted jointly by Police, local leaders and other security agencies.
The seized products include Coartem tablets valued at about Rwf6.3 million, non-biodegradable polythene bags (Rwf2.2 million), narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances worth over including cannabis, khat locally know as mayirungi, crude gin (kanyanga) and other assorted gins and locally made illicit substances all valued at about Rwf8.5 million.
All the illicit and banned products were disposed of last week in an exercise held in Nyagatare Sector in presence of over 300 youths.
The destruction exercise followed a meeting with the 300 young people drawn from different parts of the district to discuss a number of issues related to fighting illicit drugs and youth development.
Present was local officials from the regional and the district, security organs, justice sectors and the National Youth Council (NYC), among others.
The mayor of Nyagatare District, David Claudian Mushabe challenged the youth to seize the available opportunities rather than wasting their future to drugs.
“Remember where this country has come from, be custodians of what has been achieved. Your focus should be on education, forming cooperatives to tap the available youth funds to start income generating activities,” mayor Mushabe told the youth.
Clarisse Uwanyirigira, the NYC coordinator hinted on the issue of teen pregnancies and urged young girls not to be taken by earthy things but to look at their future.