Schoolgirls Smoking Shisha In Viral Video Suspended As Lagos State Government Orders Their Rehabilitation
The Schoolgirls who were smoking shisha while wearing their school uniforms in a viral video have been suspended and the Lagos State government has ordered their rehabilitation.
Recall that the disturbing video which trended on social media was widely condemned by concerned Nigerians both at home and in the diaspora, calling for sanctions against the students and their parents.
In the meantime, through the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Youth and Social Development, the state government quickly identified the female girls and the schools in the state.
They were later identified as students at Oreyo Senior High School in Igbogbo, Ikorodu area of the state. It was reported that the identified students were then suspended by the school authorities while the state government ordered their rehabilitation with immediate effect. The Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Tokunbo Wahab, confirmed the development when contacted.
What Tokunbo Wahab is saying
Tokunbo, who referred our correspondent to the Commissioner for Youth and Social Development, Segun Dawodu, for more information, said: “Appropriate steps are being taken to address the issue with the aim of preventing future occurrence in the state. The appropriate ministry is already intervening. You see why the role of parents is so critical. We can’t leave everything to the government and school. This is heart-wrenching.”
What you should know about Shisha smoking
Smoking shisha is a method of inhaling tobacco, sometimes mixed with fructose or molasses sugar, through the mouthpiece of a bowl hose or tube1. Although the practice of shisha smoking began in the Middle East, it has spread to several other regions of the world, including Nigeria.
In Nigeria, the prevalence rate of shisha smoking, especially among the youth, is rising, making it an issue of public health concern. The increasing prevalence of shisha smoking in Nigeria is due to the increasing opening of new shisha lounges/bars, subtle advertisement of shisha in public places, social acceptance of shisha smoking, peer influence, and public misconceptions about the safety profile of shisha use.