The Lagos State Government has called on stakeholders and members of the public to support its initiative to totally eliminate the menace of cultism and drug abuse from every part of Lagos state, saying it is capable of destroying the present and future generation.
The State Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Pharm. (Mrs.) Uzamat Akinbile-Yussuf speaking at the State Government organised sensitization programme on Drug Use, Misuse and Abuse for Stakeholders in The Education Sector at Alausa, Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, said that the eradication of social vices from the requires the undiluted support of the public, especially from the home; as family plays a major role in restoring core values to the society.
In her words: “Family bonding is the bedrock of the relationship between parents and children. The family has the responsibility for appropriate behaviour, moderate and consistent discipline”.
Pharm. Uzamat said that the programme is designed to address students in the State on aggressive behaviour, poor social skills and academic difficulties which has been discovered as traits influenced by drug abuse, cultism and other social vices.
Also speaking at the event was the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Hakeem Muri-Okunola who restated that programmes and policies initiated by the State government through the Ministry are all in the interest of the youth.
Muri-Okunola also added that the rights of every child in Lagos State should be accorded to them, stating that violators of the State Child Rights Law will not go unpunished.
Also present at the event was a representative of Lead Consultant, a non-governmental organization with a focus on youth empowerment and education, Mr. Adebowale Baiye who complained about the number of youngsters involved in hard drugs use, cultism and other social vices and appealed to the government to look into the matter as it is of urgency.