Gbenga Ashafa, Senator representing Lagos East Senatorial District the National House of Assembly, has stated that, with the rate at which young people are indulging in illicit drug use, it may be difficult to find youths with sound mind when Government finally succeeds in creating the promised millions of jobs.
Senator Ashafa who is sponsoring a bill to help curtail the rate of drug abuse in the country, also stated that the incidence of drug abuse among young people has now become something of national concern.
He said; “When I was thinking about this bill, what was in my mind was the situation where our youths are just abusing drugs.
“If we succeed in creating employment for our youth, what kind of youths are we creating the jobs for?
“Are we creating the jobs for sound minded individuals and young people or what? That is part of the side effects we are having with that,
“Now, what I heard is that there is a particular drug that ladies now take when they go to parties and this is supposed to be a cough suppressant.
“They take it in volumes and then go to parties.
He further called for urgent attention to the growing menace of drug abuse , noting that Psychiatric houses in the country may become filled with young people in a the next three years, if nothing is done
“Drug is something that is affecting that group of Nigerians, if nobody is saying anything, in the next three years we would have our psychiatric homes full of young people begging for mental treatment”‘ he said.