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A member of Lagos State House of Assembly, Hon. Gbolahan Yishawu representing Eti-Osa constituency 02 has said the country can be freed from drug abuse and illicit trafficking if institutions of criminal justice , health and social services work hand in hand to provide long lasting solutions.
He said this in commemoration of International day Against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking marked every 26th June of every year.
Yishawu in his statement said in reference to United Nation that effective responses to the world’s drugs problems require inclusive and accountable institutions of criminal justice, health and social services to work hand in hand to provide integrated solutions.
The lawmaker who said abuse of drugs has destroyed the lives of young ones and even adults, charged institutions and agencies legally backed by the government to spring into action without further delay and avert the act.
Yishawu added that no arms of government is left out in ensuring proper legislation and implementation of laws that will rid off the society the abuse of drugs and illicit trafficking.
“The menace of illicit drug trafficking poses heinous threats to human lives, national development and security. However, the get-rich-quickly syndrome among the youths in Nigeria, constitute the various banes behind the practice of illicit drug trafficking in the state”, he added.
He therefore appealed to Nigerians most especially the youths to guide against drug abuse and move away from get-rich- quickly syndrome.
It would recalled that on the 7th of December 1987, the General Assembly decided to observe 26 June as the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking as an expression of its determination to strengthen action and cooperation to achieve the goal of an international society free of drug abuse. This global observance, according to UN aims to raise awareness of the major problem that illicit drugs represent to society.
This year’s theme highlights justice and health as two sides of the same coin when it comes to addressing drug problems.
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