By Abuchi Onwumelu
The sixth edition of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Quiz Competition has ended in Awka, with the presentation of prizes to winning schools.
The competition offered opportunity for the dangers of drug abuse to be once again emphasized.
The primary aim of the competition was to intellectually engage the students, while also creating awareness on the dangers of drug abuse on the students, their studies and society as a whole.
The Quiz Competition was in collaboration with the state government, the traditional ruler of Ogidi, Igwe Alex Onyido, and other well-meaning individuals.
The Commander of NDLEA in the state, Mr. Sule Momodu, said the competition was conceived and initiated to create massive awareness on the dangers of drug abuse on young students and for their teachers to nip in the bud, the raging problem of drug abuse.
The Ogidi royal father, Igwe Onyido, and the Deputy Chairman of Post Primary Schools Service Commission, Mrs. Pat Ofia, remarked that it was important to fight the menace and noted that such avenues as the competition provided ample opportunity to do so.
They noted that the need of having more schools participating and ensuring functioning Drug Free Clubs in schools should be looked into.
The competition had Community Secondary School, Umuoba-Anam coming third; Bubendoff Memorial Grammar School (BMGS), Adazi-Nnukwu, came second, while Beth Roots Secondary School, Onitsha, came first; winning prices ranging from bags, textbooks, television sets, standing fans and laptops.
Some of the students who spoke to Fides, including Miss Ogechi Ekwealor; Master JohnBosco Umeorah and Stephen Kalu, agreed that the competition had added value to their academic pursuit as they promised to be great ambassadors in fighting drug abuse among their peers.