The Lagos State House of Assembly passed a motion calling on Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to immediately embark on anti-drug campaign programs in high schools.
The House adopted the resolution following the proposal of Mr. Desmond Elliot (Surulere I) during the plenary on Monday.
The motion was titled “A call to the Lagos state government to embark on a campaign against corruption in the state’s secondary schools.”
Elliot said the House saw a rising rate of drug abuse and alcohol use among high school students.
He said: “It was observed that such an experiment with drugs, alcohol and tobacco sometimes began in elementary schools and reached its peak in secondary schools where its adverse effect is remarkably high on students.
“It was further observed that the rampant abuse of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other prohibited drugs used by students hinders their educational achievement and takes advantage of vices such as gangsterism, gang rape and worship.”
He also emphasized the need to embark on awareness programs about the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco among students and their associated harmful effects, as schools are about to reopen after the forced closure caused by the pandemic. of COVID-19.
Elliot urged the House to ask the chairman of the Environmental and Special Crimes Task Force (Enforcement) to carry out strict enforcement against the sale of drugs on school premises.
The legislator added that the House must also direct the Education and Legislative Compliance Committees to ensure that relevant agencies comply with the House Resolution.
He also urged the State Police Commissioner to monitor the school environment and order his men to ensure that drugs are not sold on school premises.
“We should also have anti-drug societies in schools. Parents are also called to watch over their children to reduce drug use in our society, ”he said.
In his contribution, the Speaker of the House, Mr. Mudashiru Obasa, also said that the way in which young people took drugs was concerning.
Obasa said that the Chamber should examine the Children’s Rights Law and make the necessary modifications.
“The school authority can go to check the students. We cannot stop people selling items in schools, but it is a good measure that will correct the attitude of our children in and out of schools.
“We must also be aware of what is happening around us. Parents must also be vigilant, they must know if their children start taking drugs.
“Parents should also be penalized once children are captured. Porters are also guilty, as they allow people to use the school facilities at night.
“The government should also investigate that and monitor the recruitment of security men in schools,” he said.
Contributing, House Vice Speaker Wasiu Eshinlokun-Sanni (Lagos Island I) said that drug abuse is a worrying issue that could destroy the lives of our youth if action is not taken.
Eshinlokun-Sanni, who said the prevalence of drug abuse in Lagos was above the national average, added that statistics showed that 69 percent of young people in the state were using drugs.
“We were told that Tramadol, Codeine, has become a source of drug abuse by our youth. A Nigerian artist says that drugs are like a curse and must be broken.
“So I also support the motion, but we can expand it to the Dental Association and the Pharmaceutical Association; there is charlatanism in the drug field, which has led to drug abuse, ”he said.
Furthermore, Abiodun Tobun (Epe I) said that drug addiction was a disease and that once someone became addicted to it, it would be difficult to stop it.
According to Tobun, it begins in elementary schools; this should end from there.
“A lot of young people take drugs as enhancers, they think it makes them bold and brave. So they need more education.
“The task force should do more about it, especially those who sell alcohol should be warned.
“We must identify black spots on our streets and attack them in a comprehensive manner. We must stop it, since these young people would replace us, ”he said.
Also speaking, Rasheed Makinde (Ifako Ijaiye II) pointed out that what was prevalent in today’s society was drug abuse.
“Drug abuse is common in urban areas, especially when government institutions are being neglected.
“Some of these children lack care and are overly pampered. Our youth then find themselves in activities like rape and whatever.
“They are given stipends and they are attracted to these activities. You see some of these children wandering the streets because they don’t go to school, ”he said.
House Majority Leader Sanai Agunbiade (Ikorodu II) said drug abuse is largely due to the influence of social media, adding that people should see the quality of music and movies. that occur in society.
Agunbiade noted that young people were influenced because they were exposed to musicians displaying drugs on their tables in their music videos.
“Most of our public schools don’t have gates and these bad boys go there to smoke. Even some of our law enforcement officers also smoke and cannot warn children.
“There is also a lack of parental care, which is affecting children. The lockdown also contributed to this because most parents don’t even know where their children are. We did something similar at the 8th Assembly, ”he said.
After several other contributions on the issue from members, the House unanimously adopted the motion through voice votes.
Therefore, the speaker directed that the Governor request his Commissioners for Education, Information and Strategy, Youth and Social Development and other relevant agencies to embark on campaign programs against drug abuse in schools.