In a bid to ensure good academic performance and excellent attainment of goals in the future, the Ogun State Government has sensitised secondary school students on dangers of illicit drugs.
The State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Babatunde Ipaye, while addressing over 150 students at Ota, during the Drug Free Club Outreach, organised by the Ogun State Drug Abuse Control Committee (OSDACC) in conjunction with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), lamented the alarming rate at which students, even pupils at the primary schools engaged in illicit drugs.
Ipaye who was represented by the State Director, Pharmaceutical Services and Chairman, OSDACC, Pharm. Olufemi Fafiolu, said most crimes and criminalities were associated with drugs abuse, adding that for children to become worthy future leaders and pride of the nation, they must stay away from drugs.
‘’Most crimes in the nation are associated with drugs. Arm robbery, prostitution, kidnapping among others, are all associated with drugs. But you students are potential Doctors, Pharmacists, Engineers, Teachers, Lawyers, so don’t mortgage your future with illicit drugs,’’ he said.
He cautioned the students not to allow anybody lure them into the use of illicit drugs as it was capable of scuttling their aspirations, saying many youths with brighter future have had their dreams ruined as a result of drug use.
In her lecture, the Principal Staff Officer, Drug Demand Reduction Unit, NDLEA, Ogun State Command, Mrs. Eucharia Ekwu, explained that illicit drugs were substances which were not legislated under any national or international conventions, but used as stimulants which could negatively affect the central nervous system of the user, leading to depression, memory lapses, short attention span, truancy, heart problem, stealing and ultimately untimely death.
Ekwu, therefore appealed to parents, guardians and caregivers to always serve as a good role models to their children and wards so that they would not be influenced by people with questionable characters.