University initiates random testing to curb drug abuse

As part of steps to reduce the menace of drug abuse, Arthur Jarvis University, a private university in the Akpabuyo Local Government Area of Cross River, says it has initiated random testing among its students.

Vice-Chancellor of the university, Professor Ani Nkang, revealed this during the institution’s seventh matriculation ceremony on Friday.

He expressed worries over the growing menace of drug abuse among youths in the country and insisted that all prescribed drugs must be duly registered at the university’s hospital.

The VC told the 239 matriculating students that the institution had in place tough sanctions for other social vices which are common among the youth.

He said, “Resist any undue influence by friends, as the effects may be devastating. Please note that this university has zero tolerance for examination misconduct, drug abuse, cultism, possession of dangerous weapons on campus, rape, fighting, stealing and impersonation.”

Prof. Nkang noted that when students are caught in such immoral acts, they must face due and proportionate disciplinary actions, including suspension or expulsion.

“Moreover, perpetrators of activities which are considered criminal will be promptly dismissed from the university and handed over to law enforcement agencies for investigation and prosecution,” he warned.

The professor noted that the institution, which was issued with a full operational licence in 2020, boasts of being the most affordable private university in the country.


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