PACEDA sensitises students on drug abuse

By Fatima Muraina
Secondary school students have been urged to be good ambassadors of Nigeria by campaigning against drug abuse until the society becomes safe from the menace.

The leader of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Elimination of Drug Abuse, (PACEDA) for the South West, Mrs Oluwatoyin Odekun stated this at a sensitisation meeting held with secondary school students of Ondo State in Akure.

Odekun said all drugs are poisonous because they are substances that deal with the ability to change the body system.

She charged the students to build confidence in themselves, saying that they do not need anything to enhance their performances in the school as God has created them perfectly.

She told them to always inform their teachers on any irrational behaviour they found or identified within their environment .

A teacher, who led the students of Eji Oba High school, Mrs Kehinde Ojo Victor affirmed that their students are law abiding and be well  behaved  noting  the dangers of drug abuse.

Mrs Victor however appealed to government to help them  fence the school which according to her is opened to all manners of people who are n either workers or students of the school .

She disclosed that hoodlums use the advantage of the porosity of the school to  perpetrate illicit behavours after school hours such that people accused the students wrongly on the atrocities they never committed.

Her words: “Because of the porocity of the school ,some people used to come there after school hours to take all kinds of drugs and alcohol and we usually come early to pick the left over because we do not want our students to see them.

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“Government should come to our aid by helping us to fence the school. Some bad influence came in and were trying to influence our students . If it is fenced, it will reduce by fifty percent of the problems faced by the school authority”, she pleaded .

A Director of Adolescent Entrepreneurship initiative who works with Emplace College, Mr Wale Akinyanmi charged government to be more proactive in the fight against drug abuse which he observed may bring disaster to the nation.

Akinyanmi stressed the need to inculcate drug abuse into the school curriculum as they did in sex education ,insisting that social and transformation Entrepreneurship must also be taught in the school right from early ages.

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