The Lagos State Government has expressed supports for civil societies, mass media and other stakeholders working to stem drug abuse and cultism in the country.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Youth and Social Development, Dr. Dolapo Badru, said this at a sensitisation progamme on ‘curbing the menace of drug abuse and cultism in schools’ at the Women Development Centre, Agege.
Badru, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Office of Youth and Social Development, Mr. Kamol Junaid, said, “The production, sale and distribution of drugs such as heroin, marijuana, L.S.D and others are illegal while their use in any quantity constitutes an abuse.
“The Lagos State Government is resolutely committed to the eradication of cultism and drug abuse in our schools. And I hope we also realised that this is a collective responsibility.”
He said rehabilitation centres in the state had shown the “devastating effect of drug abuse on our youths who have been entangled in the web”, assuring that the goal of total eradication of cultism and drug abuse in schools would not be compromised.
Junaid, in another speech, which was read by Mr. Olalekan Akodu, stated that reducing the menace rested on parents and other agents of socialisation.
He urged residents of the state to join hands together with government to sanitise schools’ environment to the level of the vision of Fashola administration.
A lecturer from University of Lagos, Dr. Rotimi Coker, who delivered a lecture, stressed the need by parents to guide their children properly to help reduce the effects of these social vices.
He also urged the government to eradicate the vices by implementing sanctions against people involved in them.