T Hon. Dr Mudashiru Obasa, the honourable speaker of the Lagos state House of Assembly ruled that the Child Rights Law should be amended and provision made for sensitisation campaigns on dangers of drugs, alcohol and other related substances among students. This he said owing to the hyke in drug abuse among students in primary and secondary schools within the state.
According to the Speaker, “The school authority should also have committees to identify those who inculcate the habit of drug consumption as well as empower the committees in charge to carry out these assignments to avoid legal implications.”
“It is a motion that seeks to correct the attitude of our children towards drugs and alcohol.” However, the parents should not be left out, parents should be aware of the child’s attitudinal change, when they start taking drugs, any parent that fails in his or her responsibilities to train the child will also be charged with consequences. The parents have a vital role to play.” The Speaker added
Hon. Desmond Elliot, the main mover of the motion during Plenary drew the attention of the House, when he stated that
“The unrestrained abuse of drugs, alcohol, tobacco and other prohibited drugs used by the students hinder the achievement of their educational attainment and steer them to vices such as gangsterism, gang rape and cultism.
Therefore we need to take punitive measures to ensure these vices are rooted out.”