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The Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Ikot Abasi (FUTIA), Prof. Leo Daniel has warned the students of the University and by extension members of the University community against indulging in illicit drugs and other unwanted substances.

The Vice Chancellor who was represented by the Provost, School of Pure and Applied Sciences, Prof. Samuel Inyang made the warning as part of his speech while declaring open a one day Awareness Campaign/Enlightenment Lecture on the theme: “A Drug Free School, a Safe Haven” organized by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency(NDLEA) at the University Lecture Theatre on Tuesday, 16th January.

The Vice Chancellor stated that the Management of the University has zero tolerance for Drugs Abuse, Cultism, indecent dressing and other social vices stressing that the consequences of such vices are inimical to the University’s pursuit for academic excellence and capable of ruining the future of those who indulge in it.

The FUTIA Vice Chancellor warned that management will not hesitate to extend punitive measures to any student and member of the University community found wanting.

The Vice Chancellor while charging the students and staff to take advantage of the Enlightenment Lecture expressed appreciation on behalf of the management of the University to the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency for hosting the pilot Awareness Campaign in the University and sued for continuous synergy in building a morally viable, peaceful, healthy, educational conscious and prosperous nation.

Later in her power-point Lecture Presentation, the Guest Speaker and Chief Superintendent Of Narcotics/ Principal Staff Officer of Drug Demand Reduction Unit, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mrs Ethel Umoetuk thoroughly took the Students, Staff and the University Community through different definition of terms, Types of drugs, mode of consumption/injection and Abuses, levels of addictions, characteristics of those who indulge in Drugs Abuse, consequences of drugs Abuse and addiction to health/society among others

The Chief Superintendent of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency also highlighted the constitutional mandates of the Agency which includes but not limited to offering of Awareness Campaign/Enlightenment Lectures to cushion unprofessional use of Drugs, Arrest and prosecution of drugs dealers and offenders among others.

The Enlightenment Lecture on the theme: “A Drug Free School, A Safe Haven” featured Audio-Visual Display on Drugs Enlightenment Campaign as well as Questions and Answers Sessions.

The event was equally attended by the Provost of School of Engineering/Technology, Dr Whyte Akpan, Provost, School of Computing and Information Technology, Dr Ime Umoren, Acting Dean of Students’ Affairs, Dr Charity Maxwell, Acting Director of Information/Public Relations, Mr. Ediomi Ntuk, Acting Director of Health Services, Dr Akemini Ikechi, among other Acting Heads of Departments, Directorates and Units as well as other Academic and Non Academic Staff of the University and students.

On the delegation of the NDLEA were the Assistant Commander of Narcotics/Area Commander, NDLEA, Ikot Abasi Area Command, Mr Uwatt Nsikan Ime and the entire team of the Area Command.

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