The permanent Secretary, Kwara State Ministry of Education and Human Capital Development, Hajia Mariam Garba has called on National and State Houses of Assembly in Nigeria to promogate laws that will ban the selling and consumption of cough syrup that contains codeine
Kwara Perm sec calls for new law against drug abuse
Garba also advocated for the enactment of laws against the local production and importation of codeine syrup and other related drugs that are grossly being abused and misused by many Nigerian youth including school age children.
The permanent made the call in her office during an interview with journalists, saying that the rate at which Nigerian youth including school age children are involved in drug abuse is very worrisome and alarming.
Mrs Garba urged the Federal Government to as a matter of priority come up with a serious sanction that will be metted on whoever that is caught with the selling or buying of these highly misused drugs.
The Permanent Secretary explained that the country should make do with other cough syrup drugs that do not have codeine content, adding that where those codeine spiced up drugs are needed, should be highly restricted to physicians only.
She expressed optimism that if the laws are enacted and enforced on the ban of these drugs, it would go a long way in putting a permanent solution to the ugly high rate of drug abuse in the society.
Mrs Garba who expressed worry over the menace, blamed some parents for neglecting their duties as parents which according to her is largely responsible for students ‘ amazing attachment to drugs and other illicit activities.
According to her, some parents have failed woefully in playing their roles as the first contact for the children’s socialisation, saying that most parents have left the role of parental upbringing to the peer groups, schools and the society.
She described the negligence on the part of parents as a major factor responsible for drug abuse, kidnapping, money rituals, car theft and youth restiveness and other moral decadences that are common among many youth of nowadays.