On February 12, the Residence Life Drug and Alcohol Task Force held a seminar aimed at spreading awareness of and educating students about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
Among those in attendance were the Dean of Student Affairs, VP Byron Bullock, SGA President, Abdulrahman Bappullo, Vice President, Idris Yusuf, and several Resident Directors.
The event kicked off at 8:00pm with Hafsat Adamu, a Resident Assistant, introducing the guest speaker, Dr. Shehu Dan Kolo. Dr. Dan Kolo, the lead counseling psychologist for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Adamawa State division, defined a drug from a medical viewpoint as “a chemical substance that can be taken alone or alongside other drugs to cure an ailment and prevent the contraction of that illness.”
The psychologist advised the students on numerous types of drugs and their harmful effect when abused. “There is no great future with drugs,” he said. He also encouraged anyone who is currently struggling with substance abuse to seek help from professionals and specialists.
The Resident Director spearheading the seminar, Adamu Umar, said that the program arose from the need to educate young students who are prone to all sorts of influences, especially peer pressure.
“Information is power,” he said, “and if one or two people are enlightened, they can stand a better chance of withstanding negative peer influence.”
Mr. Umar added that the program is targeting new students because they are the most susceptible to peer pressure, and that the task force aims at reaching the rest of the University’s students through similar seminars. He said the seminar resulted from collaboration with NDLEA, which has experts and better resources to handle situations involving drug and alcohol abuse.
The Residence Life task force, he said, believes very strongly in the use of moral suasion and awareness creation in its campaigns.
By Emmanuel Wogu (intern) CMD major