The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. (Dr.) Mudashiru Obasa, and members of the House, have called on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to direct all Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, to intensify enlightenment against drug abuse.
The House also tasked the Office of Civic Engagement in the State to regularly sensitise Lagosians and school students on the dangers of drug abuse.
The call was the fall out of the resolution of the 7th Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting held simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies of Lagos State recently.
With the theme: ‘Increasing Wave of Drug: A Threat to Nation Building’, the lawmakers, in their different constituencies, brought together stakeholders and leaders to discuss and suggest solutions to the drug abuse problem and some other challenges.
Discussing the report on the floor of the House, Speaker Obasa expressed hope that the demands of the residents of the State would be captured in the Year 2022 appropriation bill.
He also noted that officers of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, visited the Assembly after the parley in appreciation of the concept, which was described as noble.
He said the NDLEA officers, during the visit, called for partnership between the agency and the lawmakers to tackle the menace of drug abuse.
This is just as stakeholders in Ado Ekiti,Ekiti State gathered adolescents and teenagers for a one day workshop on the effects of drug abuse. They were advised against the use of psychoactive substances.
They were also counselled against Internet scam popularly known as Yahoo yahoo and other social vices that could truncate their future.
The abuse of psychoactive substances among adolescents and youths has become a subject of public concern worldwide due to the devastaing effects on the health and the future of the young ones.