Pan-African stu­dents take on drug abuse

Daily Trust - - HEALTH - By Ruby Leo

African Stu­dents Union Par­lia­ment has be­gun mas­sive cam­paign against drug abuse among stu­dents in 55 mem­ber coun­tries of the African Union.

The union, an um­brella body for stu­dents in 55 AU states, said it was con­cerned about the pe­cu­liar­i­ties of the chal­lenges of mem­ber states, ac­cord­ing to its speaker, Em­manuel Ken­dus of Univer­sity of Ghana in Le­gon.

“To­day, Africa is faced with the dire con­se­quences of years of ne­glect of youths in its ranks, re­sult­ing in so­cial vices as con­flicts, kid­nap­pings, bomb­ings, rob­beries, which have as­sumed an alarm­ing di­men­sion,” he said.

Ken­dus spoke in Abuja as ASUP gave its third-ever Pan African lead­er­ship award to Dr God­swill Okara, Pres­i­dent of As­so­ci­a­tion of Med­i­cal and Lab­o­ra­tory Sci­en­tists of Nigeria.

ASUP’s Im­pe­rial Peace Am­bas­sador Award has only ever be­ing given to Jus­tice Uwais and for­mer ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter Ed­win Clark.

ASUP said Okara’s cre­den­tials of “ef­fi­cient ser­vice de­liv­ery, high ad­min­is­tra­tive acu­men and com­mu­nity ser­vice yet un­sung makes him an iconic pa­triot in our Nige­rian so­ci­ety wor­thy of em­u­la­tion.”

Ken­dus said AMLSN’s ef­forts to main­tain stan­dards in health­care were “out­stand­ing and re­mark­able.”

He was nom­i­nated for the award at ASUP’s con­fer­ence at Malawi’s Univer­sity of Liv­ingsto­nia.

He said the union epit­o­mised a com­mon African iden­tity. “If we ever needed to em­pha­sise the need for stu­dents to ex­ert them­selves and be the best they can be, not min­er­als but in­tel­lec­tual cap­i­tal will drive progress in so­ci­ety in this in­for­ma­tion age,” said Okara.

Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of NAFDAC Dr. Paul Orhii pre­sent­ing en­light­en­ment ma­te­ri­als to the Di­rec­tor­Gen­eral of NTA Mr. Sola Omole when the later paid a cour­tesy visit to NTA, re­cently.

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