The Lagos State Government recently released a statement showing about 55% of commercial drivers in Lagos as positive for hard drugs they were tested for.
When 801 commercial drivers were screened via urine samples, about 442 –55% of the total number– showed clear signs of hard drugs in their systems.
Dr. Jide Idris, Lagos State Commissioner for Health, confirmed this to our reporter at a ministerial news briefing in Alausa, Ikeja; the briefing detailing the events of his last year in office. Idris held that the Lagos State Ministry of Health involves in routine checks like this in a bid to ensure health and safety of commercial drivers (and conductors).
In December last year, the Ministry carried out tests for hypertension and diabetes, amongst others; as well as sampling drivers’ breaths for alcohol intake measurement.