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Obasa pledges support for NDLEA to tackle drug abuse cases in Lagos

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Hon. Mudashiru Obasa, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, has promised that the state legislature will continue to support the fight against drug abuse and its effects on the youths and residents of the state.

Obasa made the promise when he received senior officials from the National Drug  Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), led by State Commander Ralph Igwenagu, on Thursday evening.

The speaker expressed the hope that a collective fight against social challenges would contribute to maintaining a safe and well-protected Lagos.

He said he was not surprised that Lagos has been described as one of the epicentres of drug abuse in the country saying with an inflow of people from other states was expected.

“I am not disappointed that Lagos has been rated number one. Lagos has become an abode for everybody – the good and the bad – and this has become a challenge to the government.

“That is why it is difficult for the Lagos Government to project. When you project for a certain number of people this year, before you know it, more than three times your projection will enter the state.

“That is why we make efforts to support the Federal Government by equipping the Rapid Response Squad. We also set up the Security Trust Fund, the Neighbourhood Safety Corps, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and others to ensure that lives and property are protected,” he said

He added that the cooperation of stakeholders is imperative since the negative effects of substance abuse affect everyone as some are involved in criminal activities.

Obasa commended the NDLEA officials for availing themselves of a stakeholder meeting recently held to educate residents of the state on drug abuse.

Previously, Mr Igwenagu had thanked the House for organizing the stakeholder meeting and said that it had helped reach the grassroots in the state.

“We want to request that you sustain that exercise. We know that with you, it is possible because members of the House of Assembly are grassroots politicians and can reach out to the youths.”

He said that Lagos had a fair share of the challenges of drug abuse in Nigeria and pledged that the NDLEA would continue to work with the House of Representatives to ensure the continued reduction of drug abuse.

In a related development, Obasa has promised to collaborate with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Lagos state.

In a similar development, Obasa has agreed to work with the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB) in Lagos State.

The Speaker said this when Mrs OK Popoola,  the organization’s state director, led other officials to the House on a visit.

Obasa said that the House of Assembly has always maintained accountability and transparency in all it does, adding that the need to fight corruption has resulted in the passing of motions and resolutions.

He said the state legislative house recently passed an anti-corruption law, adding that lawmakers are aware that fighting corruption should be everyone’s responsibility, not just the federal government, even if some people misunderstood it.

Popoola previously praised lawmakers for their quick reactions to their asset disclosure obligations, while calling for collaboration between the House of Assembly and the CCB.

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