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NDLEA demands drug integrity test for students

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, on Wednesday, asked all tertiary institutions in the country to make drug integrity tests an institutional policy for new and returning students.

Chairman of the agency, Brig-Gen Buba Marwa, made the requests at the University of Abuja while launching the ‘Drug free university campaign’.

The agency who called for partnerships with the university communities, said the move is part of efforts to fight the menace of drug abuse among Nigerian youths.

Marwa said “Part of the measures to reduce drug use in the universities is the proposed introduction of the drug integrity test for both new and returning students. The drug integrity test is anticipated to metamorphose into an anti-drug policy for all higher institutions of learning in Nigeria.

“It is expected that the University of Abuja, being the ‘University of National Unity’, will be the first public university in Nigeria to adopt the drug integrity test for fresh and returning students of the institution. The drug integrity test is not a punitive measure; rather, it is an early detection tool to ascertain an individual’s drug use status for appropriate intervention, and timely treatment and care.

“This will also entail that the university will develop a drug policy and make such available to each student. Equally important is the need to create an NDLEA outpost on the campuses, where we’ll deploy our men to assist the authorities, deter drug dealers and users within the universities.”

While commending the management of UNIABUJA for collaborating with the NDLEA to organise the launch, Marwa said the theme, ‘Drug-Free University and Tertiary Institutions’, was adapt and timely as there was no better time than now to combat the drug challenge in the university community and among students.

He said the menace of drug use in the country was of worrisome dimension, especially among the youth population.

Others who spoke at the ceremony were representatives of the Minister of Education and the National Universities Commission, as well as the Vice-Chancellor, UNIABUJA, Prof Abdul-Rasheed Na’allah.

They commended the collaboration between the NDLEA and the university as part of renewed efforts to stamp out the problem of drug abuse in the country.

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