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OMG! See the shocking number of UNILAG students found guilty of drug abuse

The outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Prof. Rahaman Bello, has disclosed the shocking number of students in the institution found guilty of drug abuse.

According to Bello who spoke a recently forum in Lagos, about 100 students of the University were detected to be using hard drugs in 2016.

“One hundred out of over 50,000 students (35,000 – full-time and 15,000 to 17,000 -part-time) may seem insignificant, but to us, one person on drug is a problem to the university community. If the individual is not stopped, he or she will influence so many others,” he said.

Meanwhile, in a bid to check drug abuse on campus, the school management has provided a drug test kit in its medical centre to examine students suspected to be on hard drugs.

Speaking on this, Bello said that the initiative was necessary because drug abuse was on the increase in the nation’s tertiary institutions. “Drug abuse is a major problem for every institution, particularly, those in the cities. We have gone ahead in the University of Lagos to address it. With the test kit, anyone who is suspected, his or her urine or blood depending on what we want to do, is collected for test,” he said.

He added that: “The thing about drug is that when you take it, it will be in your blood for a long time, so you cannot say, I did not use it once the test kit detects it.

“Before we start using the test kit, everyone we picked denied using drug since we could not find any evidence.”

According to him, with the test kit, the University has been able to pin down victims but granted them amnesty.

He said that although the university’s regulation provided that any student found dealing with drug should be expelled, the management had to warn and rehabilitate them.

“With the rehabilitation, the victims are given two or three semesters to ‘get clean’. By this, we mean they will visit the medical centre on monthly basis to get tested. “If after two or three visits, you are found clean, we will admit you back to the system, if not you are sent out.

“This we do not to unnecessarily punish them, but to assist them to find a way to regain themselves,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bello said that about 100 students of the University were detected to be using hard drugs in 2016.

“One hundred out of over 50,000 students (35,000 – full-time and 15,000 to 17,000 -part-time) may seem insignificant, but to us, one person on drug is a problem to the university community. If the individual is not stopped, he or she will influence so many others,” he said.

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