The Lagos State Government has expressed its readiness to collaborate with members of the NDLEA Celebrity Drug Free Club (NCDFC) and Crime Reporters of Nigeria (CRAN) to address the menace of drug abuse among students and youths across the State.
The Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr. Segun Dawodu made the commitment on Tuesday when he received executives and members of the two bodies in his office at Alausa, Ikeja.
Dawodu who received the visitors on a courtesy visit on behalf of the State Governor, Mr. Babjide Sanwo-Olu, promised to incorporate the ideas and ideals of NCDFC and CRAN into its programmes, stressing that the endemic nature which the menace had assumed in recent time, demands a combined force to nip it in the bud.
He maintained that although the Ministry was already working on a comprehensive and full drug awareness programme that would last for a whole year, it was practically impossible for the government alone to shoulder the campaign without involving members of the public and some other relevant stakeholders.
In his words; “Drug abuse is a reality that lives with us now, as much as we are making efforts as a government to change the narratives through adequate awareness programmes, yet we can’t do it alone, this is why the concern shown by NCDFC and CRAN is quite noble and must be commended.
He added that the state government is aware of the danger which drug abuse poses to the attainment of its programmes, plans, and policies that is why the Ministry is tackling the menace headlong through youth engagements and empowerment, job creation which would in turn help address youth restiveness and aggressive behavior.