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Unions blame hard drug addiction on unemployment, bad governance


Secretary-General, Alade Bashir Lawal,

Labour leaders have identified the failure of good governance, unemployment and education as critical factors influencing young youths in the consumption of hard drugs.The Secretary-General of the Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), Bashir Lawal said youths’ involvement in the negative act was that majority of them were angry, traumatized and marginalized. 

He noted that if government does the needful in all facets, by impacting meaningfully on the citizens, all social consequences would have been mitigated.The Chairman of Lagos state council of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Idowu Adelakun who bemoaned the act said the high rate of unemployment is to blame for youths getting involved in the negative act.

According to Adelakun, “if the youths are gainfully employed and there is constant power to assist those in businesses, the youths will be too busy to be involved in such mess.”The President of the United Labour Congress (ULC), Joe Ajaero said government might strike a balance by bringing back moral education to make the youths know that they should shun cultism, drug abuse and other immoral vices.

Ajaero said: “Any substance that is abused is a problem. We should be able to have the proper machinery in motion to regulate these processes. Government as a regulator must step up, as it shouldn’t have been a national issue for them to now start clamping down on pharmaceutical firms. Some of the regulatory are compromising and when they compromise, these are the kind of things you get.”

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