Being very protective in our day-to-day- lives, especially in the manner we pay attention to the drugs we use amongst other things, offers the best opportunity to guide against the scourge of drug abuse. This was the view of Alh. Mustapha Yahuza Umar, the Area Commander, National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Kano Municipal Area and guest speaker at the 2-day Drug Abuse Workshop, recently held at Skyline University Nigeria (SUN).
He said that the NDLEA is charged with the responsibility of reducing the supply and consumption of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. Owing to this, a large percentage of drug abuse cases is tackled headlong as a result of early protective management system. This, according to him, is why drug awareness workshop is important for the government and people to take advantage of the awareness and advocacy.
He posited that it was good for people, especially students of higher education, to know as much as possible about the negative effect of drug abuse as this would go a long way in helping them stay free of troubles and crimes. While noting that awareness programmes like the drug abuse workshop are very important because so many people, including students, abuse drugs without knowing they do so. Alhaji Mustapha, therefore, advised students to maintain their sanity and make right choices where drug abuse is concerned.
While giving his closing remark on the Drug Abuse Workshop, the Vice-chancellor of Skyline University Nigeria, Professor Sudhakar Kota, appreciated the Guest Speaker and the team. He reiterated that ultimately the responsibility lies in individual students of the university to avoid any form of drug abuse. “We can only guide you to avoid the use of drugs and make right choices towards achieving your career and to contribute to the development of the country but the obligation to be responsible drug users is left to you, the students”, He admonished.
Also present at the meeting were the Team of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), members of the university management and students of the university.