Lagos State is Nigeria’s commercial city and a land of opportunities and these qualities have continued to draw the good, the bad and the ugly. 

The number of young Nigerians in the state is growing, but use of illicit drugs in the state and some other states by these young population is equally on the increase.

Lagos State understands that health and optimal development are critical to national development and deserves significant attention.

For this reason it is preparing to launch a campaign to tackle the menace of drug abuse, particularly among youths in the state.

The state Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Mr Agboola Dabiri, announced the plan at a news conference in Ikeja on Tuesday.

Dabiri said that the campaign tagged “Lagos State Kicks against Drug Abuse” would be officially launched on Thursday.

It will help raise the level of awareness of the inherent dangers in drug abuse and dissuade the youths who were the prime victims from the practice, he told the reporters.

The commissioner said that the project was also a way of presenting a united front against the menace which had eaten deep into the society.

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He said the alarming rate at which incidences of drug abuse had permeated the Nigeria society in recent time was worrisome.

Dabiri said the trend called for caution and needed serious action from the government and all stakeholders to nip in the bud the unhealthy practice.

He noted that youth constituted the largest segment of the Nigerian population, particularly in Lagos state, and was considered the most vulnerable group to hard drugs and alcohol.

“No one will be left out in this fight and we have come up with various strategies which will ensure that all our youths who are the most vulnerable are reached.

“The commissioner said that the campaign would be embarked upon using a tripod approach which involved events, engagements and awareness.

He explained that the approaches were all centred round what the youths liked to watch and listen to.

The events would include a 1000- man symbolic walk against drug abuse that would be held by relevant agencies and individuals to deliberate on the menace and proffer likely intervention to tackle it holistically.

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