Drug Abuse: NDLEA advocates re-introduction of civic education in schools
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has advocated re-introduction of civic education in all schools in the country.
Commander of the agency in Enugu state, Mr Anthony Ohanyere, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu on Saturday.
Ohanyere said that the situation in the country with regards to drug use among young persons, had made it necessary for civic education, supported by moral instruction to be brought back into school curriculum.
He said that the two disciplines were vital ingredients in moulding the character of youths, and would contribute in engendering patriotism in them.
“Civic education and moral instruction should be re-introduced in all schools; this will help to reorient our youths from vices, crime and drug abuse.
“The principle that these disciplines will inculcate will also make the youths patriotic and harness their enormous energy and potentials for positive national engagements.
“The concepts and ideas like War Against Indiscipline (WAI) should be re-emphasized and fashioned to gain youths support and followership,’’ he said.
Ohanyere called on the Federal Government to strengthen the law against child abuse and human trafficking in order to check people who distract children from attending school.
He called on private educational institution proprietors to support the government in making education cheap and affordable for all.
“It is believed world over that education is the most potent force to fight drug abuse and crime, since an enlightened mind would decipher good from the bad, and most times, engage in positive and productive activities,’’ he added.