Babajide Sanwo-Olu, governor of Lagos State, has said the state is currently building a 500-bed drug rehabilitation centre at Ketu-Ejirin area of the state.
The governor said this during a visit by Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
Marwa had decried the increasing hard drug use in Lagos.
Sanwo-Olu, in a statement he released, admitted the prevalence of drug abuse and revealed steps his government is taking to curb it.
“For us as a government, it is not something we are sweeping under the carpet. We are not denying that it is there”, said the governor.
The governor said the state plans to have rehabilitation centres and currently “building a full-fledged mental health rehabilitation hospital at Ketu-Ejinrin in Lagos East Senatorial District.”
“We will collaborate with different commands of NDLEA in Lagos. We will try and strengthen our level of relationships for quicker response.”
On his part, Marwa reportedly lamented the scourge. The statement quoted him as saying “one in seven Nigerians takes drugs”, thereby drawing a nexus between the scourge and crime.