In a way to check drug abuse on campus, the University of Lagos has provided a drug test kit in its medical centre to examine students suspected to be on hard drugs.
The outgoing Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Rahaman Bello confirmed this at a forum with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos.
Prof. Rahaman Bello, said that the initiative was necessary because drug abuse was on the increase in the nation’s tertiary institutions.
He said “Drug abuse is a major problem for every institution, particularly, those in the cities. We have gone ahead in the University of Lagos to address it.
“With the test kit, anyone who is suspected, his or her urine or blood depending on what we want to do, is collected for test.
“The thing about drug is that when you take it, it will be in your blood for a long time, so you cannot say, I did not use it once the test kit detects it.
“Before we start using the test kit, everyone we picked denied using drug since we could not find any evidence.
According to him, with the test kit, the university has been able to hook down victims but granted them amnesty.
He moreover said although the university’s regulation provided that any student found dealing with drug should be expelled, the management had to warn and rehabilitate them.
“With the rehabilitation, the victims are given two or three semesters to ”˜get clean’. By this, we mean they will visit the medical centre on monthly basis to get tested.
“If after two or three visits, you are found clean, we will admit you back to the system, if not you are sent out,” he explained