Concerned about drug abuse that has become rampant with youths in the country, Lagos State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode has been urged to sign the mental Health Bill into law to tackle the problem.
The Lagos State House of Assembly Speaker Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa who said after listening to motion moved by Hon. Desmond Eliot on Drug Abuse and the need for proper regulation and enforcement of laws guiding its use implored celebrities and Law makers in Lagos state to visit Primary and Secondary Schools to enlighten Students on dangers inherent in the act of drug abuse.
He said as role models Musicians, Lawmakers and Actors should take it upon themselves to visit Schools to educate youths on the negative impact of drugs like Codine, Tramadol, Gum amongst others.
Deputy Speaker of the House Wasiu Eshilokun in his own contribution commended the prime mover of the motion saying, “We all know the after effect of addiction which leads to Cultism, Kangsterism, and Street fighting”.
He implored Law makers in the House to identify youths involved in drug abuse with a view to engaging them in social jobs instead of allowing them to be idle and by extension engage in use of illicit drugs.
Majority Leader Hon.Sanai Agunbiade described drug abuse among youths as a threat to the nation adding that Landlord Associations should assist by informing relevant government agencies and parents whenever youths gather in clusters to take drugs
Earlier in his remark Eliot while moving the motion spoke about need to curb drug abuse.
He also called on the Lagos State Governor Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode to sign the Mental Health Bill 2018 recently passed by Lagos State House of Assembly so as to meet the increase in demand for treatment of mental cases caused by drug addiction.