Rep. Henry nwawuba brought forward a motion expressing concern about the recent prevalence of methamphetamine in the South East region.
Known locally as mkpuru mmiri, the distribution of the recreational drug raised eyebrows as many young people became addicted.
Nwawuba noted that the drug has negative effects on users and poses a growing threat to young people and the future of Nigeria.
“There are laws in this country to control drug abuse and trafficking. The regulatory agencies, and in particular the NDLEA, should strengthen their control and awareness mechanisms ”, IMO lawmaker warned.
deputy leader of the parliamentary minority, Representative Toby Okechukwu, also noted that the drug addiction problem is a nationwide problem that should be effectively brought under control.
And Rep. Abdulrazak Namdas said there is a link between drug abuse and the insecurity affecting many parts of the country.
“There must be a synergy between all the security agencies to jointly attack the problem”, he said.
Members of the House unanimously passed a motion calling for a Marshall Plan to tackle drug addiction across the country.
They also called for a crackdown on local manufacturing plants and an increase in the budget for the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to make it work more efficiently.
The NDLEA announced this week that its agents have intercepted and seized more than three million kilograms of hard drugs in the past 10 months.