Vice Chancellor of the University of Abuja, Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, on Wednesday announced that prospective students seeking admission to the university will now be required to undergo mandatory drug testing and submit the test results as part of their admission process.
This initiative was unveiled during the 27th Pre-Convocation briefing in Abuja, where Na’Allah also shed light on various other developments within the institution.
The primary objective behind this pioneering policy is to ensure that students entering the university are free from the clutches of drug abuse, thereby fostering a healthier academic environment.
Na’Allah also mentioned that the university is collaborating closely with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to assist students grappling with drug-related issues and facilitate their rehabilitation.
The Vice Chancellor emphasized that students testing positive for drug use would not face expulsion but instead be offered the opportunity for rehabilitation in partnership with the NDLEA.
This compassionate approach underscores the university’s commitment to addressing the root causes of drug abuse among its student body.
In addition to this drug testing policy, Na’Allah revealed that the upcoming convocation ceremony, scheduled for October 7, 2023, would see a significant number of graduates. A total of 7,128 undergraduate students are set to receive their degrees, including 100 PhDs, 326 academic Masters, and 346 Professional Masters.
Na’Allah also acknowledged the university’s efforts to fulfil its mission by actively engaging in fundraising initiatives. The university seeks support from alumni, philanthropic individuals, and foundations to sponsor research projects, training programs, and various other endeavours aimed at enhancing the educational experience at the University of Abuja.