Some of the dangerous drugs on display
Owing to the growing rate of drug abuse among young adults, particularly undergraduates and the need to reduce the harmful practice to the barest minimum, Federal University Otuoke has closed ranks with the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Bayelsa State to mount an awareness and anti-drug campaign.
The campaign organized for the benefit of staff and students of the university was under the auspices of the Nigeria Institute of Management (NIM) Federal University Otuoke Chapter.
The activity with theme – DRUG ABUSE: SERIOUS CAUSE FOR CONCERN, witnessed a large turn-out of the university community as an impressive number attended and learnt from the Health Sensitization Programme.
In his opening remarks, Chairman on the occasion and Vice Chancellor Federal University Otuoke, Prof. Mobolaji Aluko, represented by Dean of Science, Prof. Bio Nyananyo noted the effects of drug Abuse in our society, citing undergraduates as a vulnerable group.
He assured that FUO will strive to be at the forefront of championing the fight against the harmful practice.
The VC urged NDLEA to take the campaign beyond the anti-drug lecture and provide monitoring and counseling services to help rehabilitate addicts.
Also speaking, the Registrar, Mr. David Suowari congratulated NIM FUO Chapter for undertaking the initiative to collaborate with NDLEA on the anti-drug campaign, describing it as brilliant and charitable.
He called on staff and students of Federal University Otuoke to take the programme seriously as it will serve as a good opportunity to identify harmful drugs.
In a lecture commander NDLEA Bayelsa State, Mr. Frank Hanachor defined drug abuse as the use of drugs in an excessive quantity, often medically unnecessary and legally prohibited.
While exploring the hazards of drug abuse to include depression which may sometimes lead to psychosis, other dysfunctional behaviour and even death, Mr. Hanachor stated that drug abuse can be associated with societal crimes like armed robbery, rape, prostitution, over speeding, gangsterism etc.
The lecture also took on other related cases of drug-abuse, including drug peddling, and drug trafficking.
The NDLEA Boss urged staff and students of FUO to adhere to the message of the anti-drug campaign and abstain from drug Abuse.
Highlight of the programme was a drug exhibition mounted by NDLEA where various harmful drugs were physically displayed to the view of all especially those who may be coming in contact with the banned substances for the first time.
The drugs that were on display were:
Marijuana (Cannabis Sativa) also known as Indian Hemp
A host of sleeping pills and cough syrups
Tranquilizers e.g. Diazepam.
There was an interactive session after the exhibition where staff and students asked questions about the harmful substances and their effects.
The Chairman NIM FUO Chapter, Mr. Aliu Sule in his closing remarks thanked management for lending support to the anti-drug campaign drive.
Also commending NDLEA for their untiring efforts in curbing drug abuse, he expressed optimism that the programme has provided enlightenment on the dangers of drug abuse.
Mr. Sule stated that NIM will not relent in pushing for partnerships with other organizations on matters bordering on public Health, Education, Finance and Entrepreneurship.
Other senior staff of FUO at the event were the Acting Librarian, Mr. Hundron Kari, Senior Medical Officer, Dr. Uchenna Nwachukwu, Head Public Relations, Ms. Mercy Ekott, the Chairman NIM Bayelsa State, Prince Egbe and EXCO members of NIM FUO Chapter.