A Professor of Radiology and the Provost, College of Medical Sciences, University of Maiduguri, Ahmed Ahidjo has urged the Federal government to introduce teaching on effects of drug abuse in the schools’ curricula.
Prof. Ahidjo disclosed this while addressing newsmen in Maiduguri on Wednesday, adding that it will eliminate hard substances abuse among productive ages.
He posited that if students are taught at the elementary stage, it decreases the negative effects as well as boost national development.
While commending the federal government for banning the use of codeine’s syrup, he implored law enforcement agencies to be very effective in order enforce it.
“Involving drug abuse as part of the syllabus in schools is not only good but it is important so that they would know from grassroots that drug abuse is not good. I think they should have it as a subject, and they should teach that at early stage. Also at the University, we should put it in the curriculum of medical students, they should be taught too while the Medical Commission should be more aware of the use of this narcotics.
“If you educate the populace, they will know how to handle it and that will reduce it. There should be a part of the syllabus not necessarily a course but a subject in which you teach students at the Primary and Secondary Schools and tertiary institutions on the harmful effects of drugs so that by the time they grow they will know that this is harmful. At the University level, it is a training ground where these people works so it must be introduced especially in the health sciences,” the Don said.
He stressed the need for advocacy, by educating parents and children on threats drug abuse posed to the nation.
“It is useful to look at it holistically from the society, advocacy on media and the law enforcement as well as the judiciary. So, the hard substances must not be sold anyhow; perhaps it must be sold for the patients who need it. The law enforcement agencies must enforce it to the letter.” Prof.Ahidjo urged.