By Christiana Ekpa
Against the backdrop of escalating drug abuse in the country, the Senate has urged the Federal Government to establish rehabilitation centers in each of the 36 states of the federation.
It equally mandated its committee on health to ensure that the Federal Government gives the centres the needed attention when established.
This followed a motion sponsored by Senator Jeremiah Useni and nine other senators The Upper Chamber noted that with more rehabilitation centers in the country, addicts would be able to receive professional treatment in the short and long term, thereby, bringing down the rate of addiction and crime in the country.
“Drug addicts are seen everywhere on the streets,” said Senator Philip Gyunka, “I have the strong belief that if the rehabilitation centers are established there will be less crime in the society.”
“Notes with serious concern that drugs and substance abuse have become the order of the day in parts of the country with the attendant negative consequences which include criminal activities such as armed robbery, rape etc “Worried that at least 50% of all addicts are likely to bear children with thrsame addiction traits in their offspring unless and until they undergo professional drugs cessation rehabilitation “Further convinced that increase in the number of these centers will go a long way to reduce drugs related issues such as, impairment of memory, judgment, irritability, paranoid, suicidal ideation (suggestion to commit suicide), agitation or aggressiveness among youths”
Contributing Senator Joshua Lidani, stated that the Motion stemmed from the Senate Roundtable organized in Kano last year, which shed light on how big of an issue drug use is in the country.
The Senate further resolved to urge relevant stakeholders like the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to key into the proposed rehabilitation centers.
Speaking on the Motion, Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, emphasized that drug abuse negatively affects the productivity of our youth, stating that there was a need to stop the distribution of drugs at both the wholesale and retail levels.
“This issue of drug abuse is a threat to youths’ productivity. There’s need to break the chain between the dealers and users as it is fostering crimes in the country. Security agencies should curb the distribution of drugs,” Ekweremadu said.