The Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday lamented the abuse of drugs by Nigerian parents and youths.
Naija News reports that the speaker made this known while speaking at the 7th Annual Constituency Stakeholders’ Meeting in his Agege Constituency 1.
The Lagos Assembly speaker called for urgent checks in drug abuse to prevent its devastating effects on the growth and progress of the country.
According to him, the Lagos State House of Assembly has been at the forefront of the fight against drug abuse through various legislations.
“At the Lagos State House of Assembly, the leadership and members of the House have always taken matters affecting residents and especially the youths very passionately.
“The House has continued to be proactive in the consideration of viable laws and policies that would enhance youth potentials and development.
“Some of the recent laws that are passed attest to government’s efforts on this matter and these include the law to amend the Lagos State Sports Commission law of 2015 to promote youth and sports development in Lagos and for connected purposes.
“The law will ensure that youths are provided with great opportunities not only in the area of recreation but where they can nurture, explore and utilise their potentials in sporting activities to become professional sportsmen and women.
“This would also take the minds of many of them off drug abuse and criminal activities,” the Speaker said.
Obasa listed other youth-oriented bills considered by the House to include two recent ones for the establishment of a university of education and another for the establishment of a university of science and technology.
He stated that the bills aims to address the inadequacies in polytechnic education system in Nigeria.
“While the passage of the Lagos Neighbourhood Safety Corps is aimed at ensuring the safety of all in our neighbourhood, the prevalence of drug abuse amongst adults and youths, if not effectively addressed and curbed, will jeopardise the entire efforts of the House in the establishment of a safe, peaceful, and livable society.
“Consequently, we call on all stakeholders, residents, parents, teachers, students, school proprietors, religious organisations, celebrities, social media influencers, professional bodies, the academia, civil society organisations and community leaders to work in concert with the government for the common good of our society by saying ‘no to drug abuse trafficking’,” he said.