Students Warned On Danger of Drug Abuse
Covenant University students have been admonished on the danger of indiscriminate use of drugs and the imperative of channeling their youthful energies into very productive ventures for a glorious future.
Dr. Dokun Adedeji, the Director, Christ Against Drug Abuse Ministry (CADAM), handed down this message during the third “Maximizing My Stay on Campus Seminar” held recently on Covenant University’s premises in Ota, Ogun State, and organized by the university’s Faculty Support Programme.
According to Dr. Adedeji, who was Guest Speaker at the seminar, “Nigeria had hitherto been adjudged to be just a drug transit nation, but emerging statistics have shown that the country is now a drug user nation owing to the growing trend of rising drug abuse and addiction amongst the teeming youths of the country”.
Speaking further on the subject, Dr. Adedeji revealed that young adults of the age range between 15 and 29 years have been found to constitute about 90% of population of drug addicts and abusers and the children of the affluent constitute the largest of this lot.
The CADAM Director gave many instances of how some intelligent teenagers and young adults have wasted their lives with drug substances like marijuana, heroin, cocaine, ecstasy and many other harmful substances. He used the occasion to implore the students on the need for them to be careful about drinking with strangers so as not to fall victim of being poisoned by unscrupulous young men who are now into poisoning drinks of unsuspecting ladies in order to take advantage of them.
Adedeji also warned parents to monitor their wards and know them more, since some young adults live double lives; having gone deep into illicit drug use while pretending that they are not. According to him, “These young adults have perfected the act of hiding drugs in places where parents will not usually suspect”, adding that “parents should endeavour to be on the lookout for names such as “Eja”, which is a disguised name for cannabis and other harmful drugs.
He implored the students to know that they are the ones accountable for their future and not their parents, and should therefore take much care by not succumbing to peer pressure.
Chairman, Faculty Support Programme, Dr. Oluwatosin Rotimi, in his introductory remarks, told the students that their destinies are in their hands and they should make sure they do great things with them.
Also, the Dean of Student Affairs, Dr. Zaccheaus Omogbadegun, in his contribution, urged the students to heed all the warnings and postulations of the CADAM team and ensure that they do not waste their destinies.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor Taiwo Abioye, commended the CADAM team on the initiative of “bringing help to the challenged youths of our generation”. She reiterated the importance and usefulness of the CU Counseling Centre, which, according to her, had been giving succour to some challenged students.
Abioye assured the students that issues discussed at the Centre will never be disclosed, which implied that students that willingly go there for counseling would not be penalized for anything discussed because the professional counselors there have a non-disclosure agreement with the University Management.
Seminar ended with a question and answer session during which pertinent posers raised by the students were addressed.