Mental wellness, key to productivity- Lagos
The Lagos state government on Thursday, called on artisans in the state to prioritize their mental well-being, saying it has effect on their productivity.
The Commissioner for Wealth Creation and Employment, Mrs. Yetunde Arobieke, said this during a sensitization programme on mental wellness organized by the Ministry for Wealth Creation and Employment in Alausa, Ikeja.
Arobieke stated that mental illness had underlying causes hence, the need for awareness in the informal sector.
“Available records revealed that mental illness comes in various types ranging from depression, anxiety disorder, psychosis, eating disorders and lot more, with many underlying causes that may not be easily identified which impacts one’s mental wellness and within the informal sector, if people are not mentally sound, it will affect their profession”, she added.
A mental health expert in Lagos State Rehabilitation and Vocational Training Centre, Mrs. Victoria Ayo-Daniel, said, “Anxiety disorder and depression, if not treated, can make tradesmen lose concentration and take wrong decisions that can lead to loss or low productivity”,
Meanwhile, the Speaker of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mudashiru Obasa, on Thursday decried the widespread drug abuse among youths, as well as adults in Nigeria.
Obasa said this during the seventh annual constituency stakeholder’s meeting in Agege, noting that the House would continue to pass laws that would enhance their development.
Obasa appealed to all stakeholders and residents to work with the government to stop drug abuse.
“Some of the recent laws that are passed attest to government’s efforts to enhance youth potential and development. This includes amending the Lagos State Sports Commission law of 2015 to promote youth and sports development in Lagos and for connected purposes.
“Consequently, we call on all stakeholders, residents, parents, teachers, students, school proprietors, religious organizations and community leaders to work in concert with the government for the common good of our society by saying ‘no to drugs and trafficking”, he added.