By Adekunle Adeniyi/TnTv Network
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has given the commitment of the National Assembly to amend the extant laws against drug abuse for stringent punishment for offenders.
Expressing worries in the growing trend of drug abuse amongst youths, Omo Agege also called for the establishment of more rehabilitation centres across the country. The DSP called for an increase in the funding of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in tackling drug abuse in Nigeria.
He spoke in Abuja when he hosted two associations: League for Societal Protection Against Drug and Sexual Abuse in Nigeria as well as the Youth and Poor Association of Nigeria, led by Ambassador Mariam Hassan.
The Delta Central lawmaker expressed serious concern over the ugly trend of substance abuse and called for concerted effort to curb the development.
While responding to a request from Ambassador Hassan to place the NDLEA on First Line Charge to ensure prompt and direct release of appropriated funds, Omo-Agege said this would be considered if it becomes difficult to ensure early release of funds to the agency.
He was, however, upbeat that with the adoption of the January to December budget cycle by the Ninth Assembly, early release of funds to the agency will be guaranteed.
Emphasising the need for more awareness on the menace of drug abuse, the senator noted that aside government, parents, schools, religious centres, corporate and non-governmental organisations all have roles to play in addressing the situation.