Owerri – The Director of National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Imo, Mr Mshelia Kuka, has decried the growing trend of drug abuse among school children and described it as `disheartening ’.
Kuka spoke in Owerri on Thursday at a workshop organised by the Directorate of Police Education in conjunction with NDLEA for teachers in police schools in the Southeast and South-South zones.
He said that there was an urgent need to inculcate good values in children, adding that “it is better to train the child than to repair the adult.”
The director said that the workshop was organised to educate teachers in primary and secondary schools on the effects of drugs and the signs of drug abuse.
“Training of teachers in this workshop is the first step of the inclusion of drug education in curriculum of schools,’’ he said.
Kuka appealed to the beneficiaries to replicate the programme in their schools by including drug education in the scheme of work.
He called on school authorities to support and be committed to the implementation of the programme in order to create a drug-free environment in their schools.
He also urged them to form drug-free clubs in schools, adding that it was one of the ways to teach students life coping skills and the dangers of drug abuse.
In an address, the Director of Police Education, Kabir Ibrahim, stressed the need to checkmate the growing use of drugs by adolescents.
Ibrahim, represented by Mr Sam Orji, said that a high percentage of criminals arrested by the police tested positive to drug use and described drug addiction as a `catalyst to robbery, cultism and terrorism.
“These criminals are often compelled to commit crimes so they can fund their addiction to illicit drugs,” he said.
The head of the South-East zone of NDLEA, Mrs Chika Egbegbu, called on teachers who attended the workshop to maximise the opportunity offered by the workshop in training their children.