The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has commended the policy proposal by the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), for students to undergo drug integrity test before admission into the University.
The President of NANS, Asefon Sunday Daye, expressed the support for the initiative during a solidarity visit to the new Chairman/Chief Executive, NDLEA, Brig-Gen Buba Marwa, on Wednesday in Abuja.
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The spokesman of the agency, Jonah Achema, said in a statement that Daye expressed support for the drug test policy.
He said drug abuse had done more harm than good to the Nigerian students.
“We do not want Nigerian students to continue to die of drugs.
“Daye, who gave instances of students who undermine danger under the influence of drugs, noted that the initiative is not only preventive but would encourage others to stop the habit, knowing that the authorities would detect it.
“From your antecedents, we can now go home to sleep with our two eyes closed with the assurance that Nigeria is in safe hands, on drug control issues.
“Most of the drug problems ravaging the students is when they leave their homes and start schooling,” Achema quoted Daye as saying.
Responding, Marwa commended NANS for the visit and show of solidarity.
He said he was particularly delighted by their promise to cleanse the campuses of drugs.
“Your buying into our drug testing among students is equally encouraging,” Marwa said, urging them to strengthen the Drug-Free Clubs in campuses.
“There have been some objections to the drug testing initiative.
“But we cannot watch our students taking drugs and jumping into the well thinking it is a swimming pool.
“The testing of students is to determine their status early enough and decide the form of intervention to deploy. It is by no means punitive,” he added.