House Of Reps Passes Resolution For Mandatory Drug Test For Secondary School Students In Nigeria - EDU-BIZNEWS


Thursday, February 29, 2024

House Of Reps Passes Resolution For Mandatory Drug Test For Secondary School Students In Nigeria

The House of Representatives  has passed a resolution asking the Federal Government to introduce mandatory drug tests in all secondary schools in Nigeria, following the disturbing rate of substance abused among teenagers in the country 

The resolution was passed during plenary on Thursday, following the adoption of a motion by Oshun Olanrewaju, a lawmaker representing Lagos mainland federal constituency.

Olanrewaju moving the motion for the resolution,  says  substance abuse among young people is “fast becoming a global public health concern” and “gradually” leading to health complications, including disorders, drug dependence and death.

Studies according to him,  have shown a prevalence of drug and substance abuse across secondary schools in Nigeria.

The lawmaker who didn’t mention the specific study, said one in every four students between the ages of 15 and 19 abused substances, with codeine-containing syrup and tramadol topping the list of drugs, ranking higher than cannabis.

“Random student drug testing (RSDT) is a drug prevention programme whereby students are tested for recent use of illegal substances and is aimed at deterring drug use and identifying students who need help with staying drug-free,” the lawmaker said.

He said a mandatory routine and random drug testing for students “is for preventive, not punitive purposes” and early intervention is crucial to achieving success in tackling the menace of substance abuse.

Speaker of the house, Right Honourable Tajudeen Abbas who presided over the plenary in Abuja, called for the passage of the motion leading to the resolution, after it was put to a voice vote .

The house asked the federal ministries of education and health to collaborate and develop a mandatory drug testing programme for secondary school students in Nigeria.

The lawmakers also asked the National Orientation Agency (NOA), and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), to increase awareness on substance abuse among secondary school students nationwide.

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