Community based approach, best way to tackle drug abuse-SEN. Ashafa

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By Olasunkanmi Akoni

Senator Gbenga Ashafa has advocated a community based approach as the best way to tackle the menace of drug abuse, particularly, among the youths in the country.
Ashafa, representing Lagos East Senatorial District, who made the remark weekend, at the Magodo Residents Association, Valley View Zone’s, sensitization ‘walk against drug abuse” in the community, expressed concern over the increased rate of drug abuse among youths.

The event which took place at the secretariat of the zone had in attendance the residents and advocacy groups united in the fight against the scourge.
Other contributors at the event included: Chairman of the Valley View Zone residents association, Mr. Olatunji Solarin and the guest speaker Dr. Dokun Adedeji, the National coordinator of CADAM-Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry, who also spoke extensively on the prevalence of drug abuse and ways to prevent it in the society.
According to Ashafa “The scope of drug abuse has now transcended beyond popular narcotics and alcohol, youngsters have also found refuge in the abuse of over the counter and prescription pills/medications at an alarming rate.”

The Senator stated, “This nagging concern inspired me to sponsor a motion on the floor of the senate on “Nigerians involvement in illicit Global Drug Trade and increase in Domestic Abuse by Nigerian Youths” and a “Bill for the amendment of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency Act. These legislative interventions seek to ensure that we overcome the menace of drug abuse in Nigeria.

“I am even more optimistic in the fact that Charity begins at home. I therefore call on all parents, guardians and caregivers to educate our children on the ills of drug abuse. We must also pay closer attention to the habits being picked up by our children and wards not only as a family but also as a community.
“We must be ready to inform our neighbours of whatever strange mannerisms we notice in each-others children because community effort is a more effective means of preventing the spread and continuity of Drug Abuse.”

He concluded by stating that, “My advice therefore is to remind us that in Africa, it takes a whole community to train a child.”

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