The Senate on Tuesday urged the Federal Government, through the Ministry of Health, to establish rehabilitation centres for victims of drug addiction in each state of the country. The upper legislative chamber also mandated its Committee on Health to ensure that the government gave the centres needed attention when established. This followed a motion by Sen. Jeremiah Useni (PDP-Plateau) and nine other senators. In the motion, Useni noted that drugs and other substances abuse had become the order of the day in all parts of the country. He said that at least 50 per cent of drug addicts were likely to bear children with same addictive traits in them unless they underwent professional drugs cessation rehabilitation. The lawmaker said that increase in the number of rehabilitation centres would go a long way in reducing drug-related issues such as impairment of memory and paranoid. In his contribution, Sen. Philip Gyunka (PDP-Nasarawa) decried the large number of drug addicts seen on the streets. In his remarks, Deputy President of the Senate, Mr Ike Ekweremadu, said drug abuse negatively affected productivity of the youth. “There is 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 is the 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.
By Ifeanyi Nwoko The President of the Senate Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has urged all Nigerians to maintain peace and avoid statements or actions that can threaten the peace of the nation. This is even as the leadership of the Senate is set to meet with security chiefs over the tension in the South East as well as the skirmishes in Plateau State. In a statement by his Special Adviser (Media and Publicity), Yusuph Olaniyonu, Saraki advised Nigerians to remain calm and not do anything that would aggravate the tension in some parts of the country. The Senate’s President who was reacting to the skirmishes in the South East and in Plateau state, said that the crises was not unconnected to the economic challenges of the nation. “The tension in some parts of the country has its roots substantially in the economic situation. “The nation should be assured that some of the legislative and executive actions taken to address the economic problems are beginning to yield fruits. “That is why we recently witnessed the rebound of the economy and the exit of the country from recession.” “I want to appeal to our people to avoid stoking ethnic or religious fires. We should not deepen the fault lines of our nation and place citizens in danger of violence and sustained crises. “The government requires the support of all Nigerians and we should please give peace a chance. No real development or genuine economic activity can take place in the midst of crisis or tension. Investments and development thrive only where there is peace,” he said. Saraki advised Political, Social and Religious leaders to take actions that will douse the tension and reassure the people that the best way is for us to live together in peace, harmony and co-operation. “All leaders at this point must canvass support for government and preach peace, love and harmony. “The Senate leadership will soon meet with security chiefs and we will work for the promotion of dialogue as well as peaceful resolution of all contentious issues. “Once again, I plead with our people to avoid taking laws into their hands or antagonizing our neighbours “, he said.