Collaborate with NDLEA in the war against drug abuse in schools, communities
The wife of the Governor of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, yesterday denounced the high prevalence of drug addiction among young people, saying that it has become a worrying threat in society, that no one can fake it. his existence.
He committed to working with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and other critical stakeholders in the war against drug abuse, especially in schools and communities across the state.
Ms. Sanwo-Olu was speaking at a strategic meeting held at Lagos House, Ikeja with the NDLEA and other critical stakeholders, including the Lieutenant Governor’s wife, Ms. Oluremi Hamzat, senior officials from the Ministries of Education, Health, Youth and Social development. , wives of local government presidents, the Police Officers’ Wives Association (POWA), school principals, market women, and the medical director of Yaba Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Dr. Gbenga Owoeye.
In a statement, he said: “The sooner we address the enormous challenge, the better for our young people, for ourselves and for the social health of our society. This strategic meeting aims to bring to the fore the threat of drug abuse and associated social vices.
“We are truly and deeply concerned about the increase in the rate at which younger people are now becoming addicted to illicit drugs, a development that has created the need for all relevant stakeholders to embark on a campaign to combat the threat. and inform victims of the dangers inherent in such a lifestyle both now and in the future.”
NDLEA Commander, Lagos State Command, Callys Alumona, praised the governor’s wife for calling the meeting to promote the War on Drug Abuse (WADA).
He stressed that something must be done urgently to prevent the state from becoming a gateway for illicit and dangerous drugs, both inside and outside of Nigeria.
She also urged Dr. Sanwo-Olu to organize a training workshop for women in government who are mothers, as well as political and social leaders, so that they can have a better understanding of the consequences of drug abuse and the signs to look out for. into account when a child is involved in drug abuse or illicit drug trafficking.