LAUTECH students to undergo drug test before contesting for SU positions

The management of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso, says students interested in contesting for position in the Students’ Union must undergo drug tests.

In a statement released in Ibadan on Thursday, the university management said it would no longer fold its arms and watch the future of youths by drugs.

To this end, Lekan Fadeyi, the university public relations officer, said it has entered a partnership with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).

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According to Fadeyi, Micheal Ologunde, the university vice-chancellor, made the statement when he hosted the NDLEA area commander in Ogbomosho, Yusuff Ahmed.

In his remarks, the NDLEA commander had alerted the vice-chancellor of the prevalence of drug abuse in Ogbomosho and its environs.

Ahmed said the category most affected by drug abuse are students adding that the NDLEA is seriously troubled about the ugly trend.

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“Rather than expel culprits, we will appreciate if you use both our counselling and rehabilitation centres as a means of rehabilitating those saved from the path of peril,” the NDLEA commander said.

In 2018, the University of Lagos (UNILAG) had given similar regulation; making drug tests mandatory for new intakes of the university.