The rate at which Nigerian students abuse drug is unsettling University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), Enugu State, as the Youth Friendly Resources Centre, Office of the Vice Chancellor of the institution, hopes to tackle the menace by convening National Symposium/Conference on how to fight drug abuse. According to the Publicity Secretary, Local Organizing Committee (LOC), Dr Prince Nweke, the conference, themed Nigerian Youths, Illicit Drug and National Development, will come up between June 27 and 28, 2023 at Princess Alexandra Auditorium (PAA), and have the Vice Chancellor of University of Nigeria, Professor Charles Arinzechukwu Igwe, as the Chief Host.
The Symposium will feature other sub-themes such as Youth and Drug Trafficking; Youth and Drug Abuse; Psychoactive Drugs- Variants of Illicit Drugs and their Health Implications; Youth Drug and Education Development; Drug and Culture among others.
The Centre noted that substance abuse is becoming one of the major problems disorientating many youths as the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has revealed that 40 percent of Nigerian youths between the ages of 18 to 35 are deeply involved in drug abuse.
Also, “University environmental and tertiary institutions are fast becoming havens of chemical abuse and substance dependence, which is a threat to critical asset to national development -human resources,” said the Centre in a flyer signed by Professor Okey Marcellus Ikeanyibe, Director of Youth Friendly Resource Centre, UNN.
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