By: Albert B Matilah

“If you have not started taking drugs, don’t start because it is more dangerous than people think. If you know that you have started, it is not late for you to quit. If you think you are finding it difficult, come for assistance, our office is always open to assist in whatever stage your drug habit is. It is true that old habits die hard; and for any habit to die especially if it has reached a critical stage, you need a professional and expert handling”

This was the advice given by Shehu Mohammed Dankolo, Head of Department, Counselling and Rehabilitation of Drug Dependent Persons of the office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Yola Command during a sensitization campaign organised for the students of Adamawa State Polytechnic, Yola on Wednesday 13th September, 2017 at its main campus, Yola.

The event which was organized by the Guidance and Counselling unit of the Polytechnic was a deliberate attempt to sensitize the students on the damning consequences of drug abuse.

Speaking with SPYNEWS the coordinator of the Unit, Hajiya Khadijat Buba has said that, incessant cases of students coming to seek for advice from the office on  cases bordering on drugs has compelled her to reach out to NDLEA office for assistance.

In his sensitization message, the Resource person, Shehu Mohammed Dankolo identifies four levels in which individuals get involved in drugs, said, there are those who are involved at the level of Social use (ie those who partake in drugs as way of socialization), Regular use (those that can go to any length to get the means of taking drugs)

Others he enumerated are the Daily pre-occupation (those that will abstain from other activities because of drugs) and the Drug dependent (those that are so much into drugs such that they have no respect for anybody)

The NDLEA officer therefore admonished the students never to be under the illusion that drug abuse will in anyway take them away from their problems.

Shehu Mohammed Dankolo who supported the idea of criminalizing drug abuse in the country, quoted from the two Holy books (Bible and Quran) to demonstrate how the two major religions condemn and abhor drug abuse and therefore urged the students to abstain from drug abuse so that they can be useful to themselves and to the society.

He thanked the Polytechnic Management, especially the Guidance and Counselling Unit for organising the event promising a reduction in drug consumption among the students after the campaign.

Highlights of the occasion is the display of various substances that constitute drugs such as; cocaine, cigarette, Rubber Solution, Suck and Die Beer, Pakalin (Cough Solution)  and many other substances.

In a vote of thanks, the Director, Entrepreneurship Study Centre, Abubakar Garba Mshelia thanked the officials from NDLEA for the sensitization campaign and urged the students to imbibe the message from it.