The Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa has recommended a drug test for politicians.
Marwa made the recommendation during a meeting with Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos in Marina on 17 Wednesday March.
He said; “Running for public offices is a big responsibility. You should not be in this important assignment for the public and your head is filled up because of drugs.
Marwa stated further, “The drug scourge is now an epidemic in Nigeria. The prevalence is 15 per cent, three times the global average. One in seven Nigerians takes drugs. We have found out that there is a nexus between drug use and crime.
Marwa also appealed to the government to lead the way with the integrity drug test for students in the state, saying that youths are affected most when it comes to drug abuse.
“We felt that Lagos can show the way first with integrity drug tests for students because it is our youths that are affected mostly; students, especially those in tertiary institutions, should do drug tests.”
Sanwo-Olu said his government was building a “full-fledged” mental health rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejinrin, Lagos East Senatorial District, to tackle drug abuse effects.
He added that the state would continue to collaborate with NDLEA to address the drug crisis. According to him, the state has put in place measures to tackle the drug crisis.
Admitting the drug abuse crisis, Sanwo-Olu explained, “Indeed, we know that drug abuse is prevalent in our society in all forms and shapes.
For us as a government, it is not something we are sweeping under the carpet. We are not denying that it is there.
“Part of the things we are doing to tackle it is to ensure that we have functional and working rehabilitation centres, and we are equipping them to identify real caregivers that will take victims through rehabilitation processes.
“Beyond that, we are actually building a full-fledged mental health rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejinrin in Lagos East Senatorial District. This, we believe, will not only have almost 500 beds but will also have the required expertise, medical and all of the complements, to ensure that different categories of treatments required are available.”