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Lagos Assembly urges Sanwo-Olu, others to curb drug abuse in schools

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The Lagos State House of Assembly has urged Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu to direct the Commissioner of Police (CP), ministries of Education, Information and Strategy, Youth and Social Development and other relevant agencies to embark on an anti-drug campaign programmes for all primary, secondary, tertiary and out-of-school students in the state.

In a motion raised by the lawmaker representing Surulere 1, Desmond Elliot (Surulere 1) during plenary, yesterday, the Assembly urged the Chairman, Task Force on Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit, to carry out strict enforcement against the sale of drugs around school premises.

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It also mandated the Committees on Education and Legislative Compliance to ensure that the relevant agencies comply with its resolution on the matter.

The motion was supported by all the lawmakers in attendance and it was passed as a resolution of the House.

According to Eliot: “The state Commissioner of Police should keep watch on school environment. He should direct his men to ensure that there is no sale of drugs around school premises. We should also have anti-drug societies in schools. Parents are also called upon to keep watch on their children to reduce the usage of drugs in our society.”

The Speaker, Mudashiru Obasa, said that the way the youths take to drug was worrisome. He stressed that the Assembly should look at the child rights law and make necessary amendments.

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“The school authority can go round to check the students. We cannot stop people who sell items around schools, but it is a good move that will correct the attitude of our children in and out of schools.

“We should also be vigilant about what goes on around us. The parents should also be vigilant; they should know if their children start taking drugs.

“The parents should also be sanctioned once the children are caught. The gatemen are also culpable as they allow people to use the school premises at night. The government should also look into that and monitor the recruitment of security men in the schools,” he said.

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