.. Inaugurates Covenant University drug Free Club
The chairman/chief executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah rtd has called on the students of Covenant University, CU Otta, Ogun State to resist the temptation to use and traffic drugs.
The NDLEA boss gave the charge at the weekend during a visit by a team of Psychology students to the Agency on an excursion.
The Agency also inaugurated Drug-Free Club in the University. This is the first time a school will have a Drug-Free Club inaugurated while on a visit to the NDLEA.
Abdallah warned that drugs can ruin the vision of a world-class and functional education and send victims to early graves. “Drug trafficking and substance abuse have made many students to abandon their academic pursuits. Others have also died prematurely in the process. Drug-Free Clubs are formed in schools to create awareness and sensitize students on the dangers of drugs. Having a Drug-Free Club is not an indication that a school has problem of drug use but a strategy of grooming peer educators and raising young champions in the campaign against drug trafficking and substance use. Some predisposing factors of drug use include peer pressure, ignorance, and involvement of parents. Others are availability of drugs, desire to keep awake and enhance performance among others” he stated.
The students numbering forty (40), comprising twenty-five (25) females and fifteen (15) males currently studying Substance Abuse led by Dr. David Igbokwe and Dr. Muyiwa Solarin were received by Mrs. Roli Bode-George, director general of the Agency, Dr. Lawrence Opara, director of training and manpower development, Baba Husseini, director drug demand reduction and Suleiman Ningi, coordinator of international affairs.
Mrs. Roli in her remarks expressed optimism that Covenant University students are among the army of young Nigerians who are disciplined and determined to lead the country to greater heights.
“Let me state that we have many young people like you who are role models worthy of emulation by others. I want you to remain focused on your studies because you are the future leaders. There must be pressure at some points of your lives but you must resist every temptation to traffic and use drugs. Protect your great destinies by keeping the right association” she stated.
Miss Oredola Kayode was nominated as the pioneer President of the Covenant University Drug-Free Club. The students thanked the management of the NDLEA for the various presentations. Dr. Igbokwe promised to share the knowledge gained among other students on their return and also make the Drug-Free Club the most active. “Covenant University is known to blaze the trail in everything and I wish to assure you that this Drug-Free Club shall be the most active and impactful. This is the beginning of a fruitful collaboration and I look forward to a brighter future. On behalf of the University management, I sincerely thank you for the warm reception” Igbokwe stated.