The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency has advised institutions of higher learning to set up rehabilitation centres for students who test positive for hard drugs.
The Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA, Mr. Femi Babafemi, gave the advice during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.
According to him, this is part of the agency’s efforts to rid higher institutions of illicit drug use.
He said the rehabilitation centres would be attached to the schools’ hospitals where new students or returning students who test positive for hard drugs would be taken for treatment and rehabilitation.
Babafemi reiterated that rehabilitation centres were essential as they would guide against attempts by school authorities to expel students that tested positive for hard drugs from the school system.
“Rather than throwing students who tested positive to illicit drugs out of school system, an action that may compound their woes; rehabilitation centres must be set up.
“This way, such students or new ones could be reintegrated into the school system and still be useful persons in life, not only to themselves, their families and communities but the country as a whole,’’ he said.