WRITTEN BY EMMANUEL OKONKWO
Youths have been urged to shun drug abuse and other social vices capable of destroying their future.
The State Commander, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Mr Momodu Sule gave the charge during an interactive forum with students' officials and staff of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka at the institution's auditorium.
The event which centered on dangers of drug abuse and addiction in the society was a moment of rethink and enlightenment for both students and parents present.
The state NDLEA boss, who described drug abuse as an act of taking drugs without doctor's prescription or for none medical purposes, listed its dangers to include madness, low productivity, poverty, among others, calling on youths to desist from such act as it is capable of destroying their future.
Mr .Momodu, said the youths are prone to drug abuse especially cannabis which he said contains four hundred different chemicals, and urged school authorities to form committees that would monitor students’ activities, to know when they begin to derail.
On his part, the Vice Chancellor of the university, Professor Joseph Ahaneku, represented by the Dean of student’s affairs of the institution, Professor Stan Chindede, who expressed happiness on the efforts and commitments of the NDLEA towards the eradication of drug abuse in the state, said the school would synergize with them to ensure a drug free campus.
Earlier in an address the chairman on the event who is a research and mental health consultant in the institution, Professor Rita Ugokwe-Ossai, said the essence of the event was to educate and sensitize the youths on the dangers and consequences of drug abuse which according to her is on the increase in the recent past.
In a vote of thanks, the Guidance/Councillor of the institution, Doctor Chinyelu Nwokolo, who appreciated the participants and the agency on their efforts, described the event as apt as according to her it would help minimize the rate of drug abuse in the university.
Speaking to the ABS shortly after the event, some of the students' leaders, Mr. Patrick Ekweonu, and Miss. Frances Ezekwe, said the event has widened their scope of knowledge on dangers and consequences of drug abuse, pledging to share what they learnt with other students.