KBSG, UNODC Partner To Curb Drug Addiction In Schools

Written by Godwin Duru

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, UNODC and the European Union in conjunction with Kebbi state Ministry of Basic Education have trained secondary school teachers in the State on curbing drug addiction amongst students.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of a three day training of Secondary School Teachers on drugs control held in Birnin Kebbi, Chairman of the Taskforce Committee on Drug Control, Rtd. Assistant Inspector General of Police, Umar Ambursa, said members of the Drugs control technical committee would be visiting schools periodically as part of the campaign against drug addiction among students.

The Chairman however, tasked the participants to impart what they have learnt during the training to students and their immediate communities on the ills of drugs addiction.

The representative of the UNODC, Dr. Akanidomo Ibanga, explained that the training was designed to work with the Drugs Control Committee to know the situation in Kebbi State as well as expose members on international level.

He added that, the objective was to enable UNODC to perform effective role in establishing programmes towards reducing drugs addiction such as alcohol, tramadol and Indian hemp in secondary schools.

Dr. Ibanga said, teachers from fifty six (56) schools were trained in the current exercise in addition to sixty nine Schools (69) which recening in 2018 in the state.

The State Commissioner for Basic Education, Alhaji Muhammad Magawata, represented by the Director Resources, Alhaji Abubakar Aliyu NaYelwa, said the training was organized for Secondary School Teachers who in turn would impact the knowledge acquired to students in furtherence of efforts to reduce drug abuse in schools.

He said, the state government has taken cognisance of the devastating effect of drugs consumption on the Society and subsequent crime which made it obligatory to curb the trend.

The Commissioner, mandated teachers to gear up towards improving the moral upbringing of students by discouraging them from drugs addiction.

The Secondary School Teachers were drawn from Fifty Six Schools across the state.

Abdullahi Tukur