NOA solicits collaboration to curtail drug abuse

Ismail Umar, Sokoto

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The National Orientation Agency (NOA), has urged well meaning Nigerians to take proactive steps to save the youths from drugs addiction, examination malpractices and other vices.

The Sokoto State Director of the Agency, Mr Mode Danchadi, made the call at a sensitization programme against social vices in tertiary institutions in Sokoto State North West

According to Mr Danchadi, the event tagged “Campus Focus, Do the Right Thing” was organised by NOA in its efforts to address myriads of vices existing in tertiary institutions across the State.

He explained that offences included Cultism, Examination Malpractices, Drug Abuse and Human Trafficking among others.

The Director said the consequences of such vices retarded development and embrace our national values.

He suggested sustained sensitisation of such group of youths, to understand the dangers of addiction to their health, wellbeing and the society.

The Director also added that the security challenges and other vices being experienced across the country also posed threat to the upcoming generation.

Earlier, the National Board member of NOA, Mr Aminu Bodinga, challenged all stakeholders to join hand together for combined efforts to tackle all social vices in the State.

Mr Bodinga commended NOA for organising the programme, but urged all community leaders to assist toward ensuring crime free society.

In his lecture tagged ” Examination Malpractice and its Negative Effects”  Head of Joint Addmission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) in Sokoto state, Mr Malami Salihu, said dozens were arrested and prosecuted on different examination malpractices cases this year.

Mr Salihu noted that families of notable Nigerians were involved in examination malpractices and appealed for increased proactive measures against the menace.

The Head of JAMB in the State said the agency would employ various strategies to reduce the activities to the barest level.

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