The management of Osun State University has ordered students of the institution to undergo a compulsory drug test. The directive, which came as a result of the prevalence of drug abuse among youths in the country, was communicated via a memo issued by the Registrar of the institution to all students.
In the memo signed by Adewale Adeniyi Adeosun for the Registrar, the institution directed students to undergo a doping test in recognised government hospitals. The document also indicted okada riders as suspected intermediaries between sellers of hard drugs and their student buyers, however, the university authority stressed that this was being addressed. Results obtained from the test are expected to be authenticated by the university’s health centre. Students were mandated to submit the results of their test on or before the 25th of June 2021.
The memo, referenced REG/AA/COPDD/21/0014 and obtained by this reporter, reads in part: “The University has observed that some parents might not be aware that their wards/children are into drug doping despite the noticeable strange traits some of them exhibit, and therefore decided that every student has to undergo a doping test in a reputable government hospital and submit a certificate on the test conducted to the university authority.”
“Consequent upon the above, all students are hereby directed to undergo doping test in recognized government hospitals and submit certificates obtained to their respective Heads of Department for further verification by the university health centres across the campuses, not later than Friday, 25th June 2021.”
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