Law Against Hemp Smoking At Recreation Centres Underway


Chairman of the Lagos House of Assembly Committee on Youths Sport and Social Development, Babatunde Ayeni, has said the Lagos Assembly will as a matter of urgency review law prohibiting smoking of Indian hemp at the recreation centres in the state.

Ayeni, who disclosed this during the committee’s visit to the Office of Youths and Social Development in Alausa, recently, added that, “the House had constantly received complaints and petitions on the activities of hoodlums and miscreants who have turned various sports centres in the state to Indian hemp smoking grounds.”

He said the House through its Committee would review the law establishing recreation centres in the state.

A member of the Committee, Lanre Ogunyemi, representing Ojo constituency 2 at the House, also complained that miscreants had defaced public schools in his constituency with faeces thereby turning the schools into public toilets and appealed that the complaint should be urgently addressed.

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Special Adviser on Youth and Social Development, Mr Dolapo Badru, told the committee that efforts are being made to address the issue and that “anybody found perpetrating illegal acts would be dealt with according to the law”.

Earlier, the Commissioner for Youth, Sports and Social Development, Mr Enitan Oshodi, said his ministry is preparing for the successful hosting of the National Sports Festival scheduled for November this year.

The committee which thereafter visited the Rowe Park Sports Centre, Yaba, where a recent rainstorm damaged roofs and other materials, promised that the materials destroyed would be repaired before the commencement of the sports festival in November.

—Eromosele Ebhomele

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