The National Orientation Agency (NOA) in collaboration with Students Affairs Division and Student Representative Council (SRC) Ahmadu Bello University has on Wednesday organised a NATIONWIDE ATTITUDINAL RE-ORIENTATION PROGRAMME for students in tertiary institutions, the programme held at the Assembly Hall, Main campus, Samaru.
In his remarks, the representative of the Vice Chancellor and also, the Dean of Students affairs, Prof. Y. Y. Bambale, expresses his sincere appreciation to the agency for conducting the event at Ahmadu Bello University pointing that ABU is the most cosmopolitan university in Nigeria where you can find all the Nigerian tribes, “there is no tribe or local government that is not represented at Ahmadu Bello University both among the students and staff” he concluded.
Responding on the programme ,the DG (NOA), Dr. Garba Abari, who was represented by the Zamfara State Director of the agency, Hadi Yahaya stressed the importance of the need to embrace the national core values " an immoral society filled with impunity is a threat to the progress of any nation".
"The youths are the backbone and strength of any nation and it's important to ensure that student are sensitized and encouraged to shun all forms of social vices and imbibe desirable behaviours necessary for national development", he said.
In his speech, Dr Lateef Taiwo Sheik of Ahmadu Bello University's Psychiatric Department commended the National Orientation Agency for organising such event in ABU and also commended the MTN Nigeria network for sponsoring jingles on radio and television against drug abuse.
Dr. Lateef, also called on the Federal government to establish a National agency for Substance abuse.
The Programme is designed to address the myriads of vice in tertiary institutions which include cultism, examination malpractices, drug abuse, trafficking, sexual harassment, HIV/AIDS, Suicide, Cyber crime and prevalence of Hepatitis among others,pointing that the implication of these vices have a verse consequences on our youths
The re-orientation programme is expected to re-awaken the consciousness of students of tertiary institutions on the need to embrace our national core values.
Reported by Yahya Usman.