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    Tuesday, May 23, 2023

    ABUAD VC Warns Students Against Drug Abuse

    The Vice Chancellor of the Afe Babalola University (ABUAD), Prof. Smaranda Olarinde, has asked students against consumption of hard drug and illicit substances, warning that its consequence are life-threatening.

    Olarinde gave the charge during an annual advocacy and campaign against drug abuse organised by the institution’s Drug Free Club, saying drug abuse could destroy their future.

    The VC explained that drug abuse would alter the lives of the students negatively and destroy academic careers, as such it was better for them to stay off harmful drugs.

    She explained that students who engage in drug abuse and illicit substance were at risk of mental health problems, urging them to shun harmful drug and channel their efforts towards activities laced with highest values.

    The Initiator of the Drug Free Club, Dr. Ife Bamidele lamented the increasing rate of drug abuse among the youths, saying the sensitisation would help the students to chart a better life for themselves.

    Bamidele who stressed the importance of drug-free awareness and how crucial it is to educate the public on the dangers of drug abuse, said all hands must be on deck to curb the menace.

    He said that the awareness programme which was its 9th edition was organised to expose students to negative effects of hard drugs on their life and making the society a better place.

    Bamidele noted that the club through its aggressive advocacy and sensitisation drive had recorded tremendous success by helping students to overcome drug abuse and alcohol addiction.

    The Assistant Commander of Narcotics section of the NDLEA, Ekiti State, Musa Balogun commended ABUAD for setting the pace in advocacy against drug abuse and illicit drug.

    While urging other universities to take a cue from ABUAD, the NDLEA boss called for increased sensitisation of youths to the inherent danger of consumption of harmful drug to their life, family and the society at large.

    He blamed the alarming rate of criminal activities on drug abuse, stating that the menace propel youths to indulge in all forms of criminalities and illegalities that constitutes a great threats to the society.

    Balogun urged parents and guardians to collaborate with the government in the fight against drug abuse, saying they had crucial roles to play by maintaining close relationships with their children.

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