Reps want major clampdown on meth production, allege Mex opened plants in Nigeria.

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The House of Representatives has instructed the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to embark on ‘explosive and ferocious’ raids on methamphetamine production laboratories in Nigeria.

The legislative chamber also directed the Federal Government to develop a national policy to combat meth and other narcotics across the country.

These resolutions followed a motion of urgent public importance moved by Henry Nwawuba (APC, Imo) on Thursday during the plenary.

 Nwawuba, in his motion, raised the alarm of the scourge in some Southeast states alleging that over 70 per cent of the users are suffering from the adverse effect of the drugs.

He alleged that Mexican drug barons set up production labs in some states in Nigeria, hence, access to the products has been seamless.

The lawmaker noted that meth, which is referred to as Mkpuru Mmiri in the Igbo language, has consequences on mental health.

Contributing to the motion, Lynda Ikpeazu (PDP, Anambra) said the consequences of meth would be dire in the next 10years. she stated that NDLEA agents have failed to arrest meth dealers despite operating in the open. She stated that even 11-year-old- children are also using meths in her constituency.

Toby Okechukwu (PDP, Enugu), while supporting the motion, frowned on the public flogging of addicts. Rather, the government should focus on rehabilitation and arrest of dealers, he said.

Also, Jonathan Gaza (APC, Nasarawa), in his contribution, said the National Orientation Agency (NOA) should be at the forefront of public enlightenment.

Others who spoke on the motion include Shehu Kakale (APC, Sokoto), Abubakar Namdas (APC, Adamawa), Tajudeen Yusuf (PDP, Kogi) and Ifeanyi Momoh (PDP, Anambra).

Methamphetamine is a central nervous system stimulant used as a recreational drug.

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