Kwara lawmaker advocates amendment to NDLEA act 

 

The lawmaker resenting Owode/Onire Constituency of Asa local government area of Kwara state, Hon. Rukayat Shittu, has urged the National Assembly to amend the act establishing the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to accommodate the prohibition of more substances.   

The lawmaker also advocated urgent need for safety regulations against content-promoting consumption of illicit drugs/substances in new and social media as well as the broadcast media.

She advocated that the new NDLEA Act should  include prohibition of all other drugs/substances including liquor, etc in addition to tobacco as prohibited and as well include the new and broadcast media as part of the public places where they are all prohibited.

Shittu  lamented that “the abuse of drugs and other substances and associated crime have driven a considerable rise in the number of youth imprisoned in recent years.

The chairperson, House Committee on Information, Youth, Sport and Tourism said:  ” a report by the United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) in Nigeria indicates that 14.4% (14.3 million) of persons aged between 15 and 64 years abuse drugs. Drug and substance abuse is prevalent across Nigeria’s six geopolitical zones.

“Most entertainment celebrities have made it a culture to display drug-related clips on their various social media platforms and music videos, which makes efforts against drug abuse almost impossible to progress in the manner desired because most of the young people in the country follow these artists and celebrities on social media and seek to replicate their lifestyles.