OrderPaperToday – The National Assembly has indicated that it may make laws that would hold parents liable for drug abuse of their children and wards.
Majority leader of the House of Representatives, Al-hassan Doguwa, gave this indication at a programme organised by Christabel Initiative in collaboration with the National Assembly joint committees on Drugs and Narcotics on Tuesday.
For him, such move will stem the increasing menace of drug abuse.
According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in 2019, there are 14.4 million drug users in Nigeria.
Doguwa who represented the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the event, said: “For me, we should even consider penalties and sanctions for even parents who have been so careless and reckless to have allowed their youths indulge”.
The lawmaker canvassed for amendment to relevant laws that will contribute to the fight against illegal use of drugs and rape.
“Even with the support of the family and other institutions, we as members of the National Assembly providing that constitutional responsibility of lawmaking, we have also a very serious role to play.
“Let us look at our records and legal frameworks we have on ground and review them. Part of the legislative agenda as a national Assembly is for us to have legal reforms in every sector.
“As long as we want to get this right to succeed, and we want to get a new Nigeria, the legislature has to look at the existing laws addressing some these menace and vices.
“Some of the laws are not only weak but they are obsolete. What has the legal framework provided to punish a drug seller not even the consumers” he said.