Senate has expressed concern over the growing consumption of codeine syrup and other drugs in the north, particularly in Jigawa and Kano states.
The Senate expressed the concern following a motion raised by Senator Baba Garbai, who said that over three million bottles of codeine syrup are consumed daily in the two states.
The senator lamented the alarming level of drug abuse, especially among girls in higher institution of learning in the region.
Senator Aliyu Wammako agreed with Garbai, saying the drug problem is now a national crisis.
In his remarks, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki said the Senate will take necessary actions to reduce the growing menace.
He also promised that the Senate will strengthen the NDLEA Act to make the bench become very effective.
Saraki said, “I want to commend lawmakers for their contributions. This is becoming a big issue for the country. Yesterday, I had the chance of meeting with pharmaceutical practitioners. We need to amend the NDLEA Act to reflect the current realities.
“By this motion, we are giving hope to every parent in Nigeria that we are committed to tackling the problem of drug abuse in every part of the country, especially in the North.”Please subscribe to our newsletter