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Drug abuse, cultism among students worries AbdulRazaq

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Kwara State Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq yesterday in Ilorin, advised tertiary institutions’ students who indulge in cultism, drug abuse and other related social vices to retrace their steps.

The governor gave the advice at a stakeholders’ dialogue which had the theme “Stemming the Tide of Social Vices among Students: A Panacea for Positive Growth”

He warned that students’ continued involvement in such acts would lead them to an uncertain future, regret and premature death.

AbdulRazaq, who was represented at the dialogue by the state’s Commissioner for Education, Dr Mary Arinde, urged those involved in the acts to muster the courage to retrace their steps.

“This will allow the huge investment their parents made on them not to be in vain,” he said at the event, which was organised by the Office of the Special Assistant to the Governor on Student Affairs, Mr Salami Wasiu.

While speaking further, the governor said the conversation was not about name-calling or shaming of anyone who may be involved in any of these social activities.

“It is about giving you fresh perspectives and opening your eyes to the dangers associated with these activities, and asking you to make good choices that will give you a head start and make you a valuable member of our community.

“Cultism, cyber-crime, drug abuse and sexual abuse, among others, set you up for an uncertain future of regrets, stigmatisation, premature death and inability to attain your dreams.

“I am pleading that you do not engage in any of it for the sake of your future. Your parents have made huge investments to make you a successful person.

“The way to pay your parents back is to shun any activity, association and affiliations that will make them cry,” he said.

On his part, an official of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Alhaji Bashir Muhammad, said the agency was currently prosecuting no fewer than 15 drug barons across the country.

“This is part of our agency’s anti-drug abuse war,” he said.

Muhammad added that the state command of the agency was also developing a curriculum in collaboration with the relevant authorities to help schools curb abuses.

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