Senate President, Lawan says drug abuse too hazardous to ignore in Nigeria

Ahmad Lawan, the President of the Senate, on Thursday, lamented that drug abuse has become a hazard too difficult to ignore in Nigeria.

He made the remark while assuring Nigerians that the National Assembly would not allow the denigration of the country’s value through drug abuse.

The Senate President, who was represented by the Chairman, Committee on Health, Senator Yahaya Ibrahim Oloriegbe spoke while declaring open a Public Hearing on the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency Act 2004.

Lawan said the National Assembly would strengthen regulatory mechanisms to ensure that the menace of drug abuse is curbed in Nigeria.

According to Lawan: “Equally important is that drug abuse has become a hazard. While we may often identify abuse with the youths, emerging evidence reveals that it cuts across all social strata.

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“What this means is that more and more people are resorting to dangerous mechanisms for escape. The consequence of this is multiple, as has been proved.

“We (National Assembly) have severally demonstrated that we cannot allow the degeneration of our values, through drugs, and other substances, considering our concerted quest for growth.

“The Bill before us is yet another attempt at strengthening the regulatory mechanism on drug abuse, following loopholes in the extant law.

“It also flows from the regular trend of reviewing or updating laws, after operational experiences, as a step towards perfection.

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“The Senate and the National Assembly will always ensure improvements in extant laws in line with our disposition to grow our democracy, by solidifying existing acts.”

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