Lagos Assembly Attributes Banditry, Kidnapping To Rise In Drug Abuse

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has said banditry, insurgency, kidnapping and other criminal activities all have their root in the use of hard substances, saying until this is solved, the problem of insecurity will continue to remain with Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the Lagos Speaker, Rt. Hon. Mudashiru Obasa at the 7th Townhall meeting tagged, “Increasing Wave of Drug Abuse: A Threat to Nation Building,” held simultaneously in all the 40 constituencies of the State.
Obasa, who was represented by Engr. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02, explained that the theme for the town hall meeting was aimed at sensitising residents on the danger drug abuse portends for the youth.
The lawmaker stressed further that drug abuse has been associated with some other criminal behaviours such as gang formations, cultism, armed robbery, rape and other social disturbances.
“Banditry, insurgency, Kidnapping and other criminal activities all have their root in the use of hand substances. Until we face the menace squarely, the problem of insecurity will continue to remain with us.
“From this revelation, it is not far-fetched to draw a similar conclusion between drug abuse and the vicious attack and wanton destruction of lives and properties by some people during the #EndSARS protest across the country in 2020 that left many properties worth billions of Naira in ruins, particularly in Lagos.
“We have also heard about the menace of some youths in some parts of the State terrorising their communities”, he said.
The Assembly, therefore, called on parents, residents and organizations to work in concert with the government for the common good of the society.
Yishawu, who is the Chairman House Committee on Budget and Economic Planning, told his constituents that focus on increasing wave and dangers does not affect their presentation in the area of infrastructural needs and urgrade.
He assured his constituents that the Assembly will continue to present their needs to the executive arm for necessary action.
In her contribution, Commissioner for Establishment, Training and Pension, Mrs. Ajibola Ponle corroborated the fact that drug abuse is prevalent in the society, saying it is a concern for the State.
“I am happy that Hon. Yishawu has brought this topic to the youth because they are future of the country. So, it is important for them to be educated in what to look out for, and for us to raise advocacy that drug abuse is real and need to prevent it in the society in order to secure the future of our youth”, she said.
Speaking on the Townhall meeting, Ponle said: “the programme is relevant. This is something we need to take around the Lagos State. Mr. Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is more particular about drug abuse and he has set up committee to look into this issue which has been neglected over the years.”
The Commissioner said there is need to join hands together to stop drug abuse in the State.

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