Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has launched the state anti-drug abuse initiative aimed at preventing youths from constant intake of unhealthy mixed substances.
At the launch of the campaign against drug abuse tagged Lagos State Kicks Against Drug Abuse, LASKADA, Ambode described drug abuse as monster that could truncate future of youths in the state.
The governor, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Tunji Bello, at flag-off ceremony held in Ikeja, stressed that excessive self-administration of drugs without regard to medication from experts by youths still remain worrisome considering its impact on the society.
“As a responsible government, we will not fold our arms and allow this unhealthy practice create a blurry future for our tomorrow.”
The governor stated that the launch was government’s response to the menace, adding, the launch is a clarion call to parents and organisations to rise up and support government in safeguarding the collective future of Lagos State.
Explaining parent’s role in fight against drug abuse, he opined that they must ensure their children become aware of inherent danger in drug abuse.
“As parents, we must be observant of our children’s behaviour and be on the lookout for strange attitudes and behavioural changes that may be drug induced. If we are in doubt, let us seek professional advice and take corrective measures before it gets too late.”
Earlier, Commissioner for Youths and Social Developments, Mr. Agboola Dabiri, lamented that youth’s involvement in this maladaptive and anti-social behaviours aid robbery, kidnapping, cybercrime, domestic violence and others.