The ongoing countrywide awareness campaign against drug abuse was on October 6 extended to the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali (UNILAK) – Rwamagana campus – where the students were challenged to be role models to the young generation and be exemplary in fighting all sorts of illicit drugs.
Inspector of Police (IP) Marie Goreth Uwimana, the District Community Liaison Officer (DCLO), while addressing the students on the concept of community policing, challenged them to be the “voice of change” and to sensitize their brothers and sisters on the effects of abusing drugs.
Uwimana took them through the concept of community policing, ill-effects of abusing illicit substances and laws against the vice.
In her explanation, she noted that drinks classified as illicit are those that either have not standard and were not authorized by Rwanda Standards Bureau or exceed the required 45 percent alcoholic standard in Rwanda.
Article 24 of the law governing narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors in Rwanda stipulates that any drink that exceeds forty five percent of alcohol and any other drink which doesn’t have the required quality for consumption shall be considered as narcotic drug.
“You are studying to be people of value to yourselves, families, communities and the country in general; that vision can be cut short when you start abusing drugs because they influence you contrary to your dreams,” IP Uwimana said.
“That dream should be the force to drive you to lead your young ones to the right path, show them the ill-effects of abusing drugs, what the future holds for them; but this requires you to be exemplary,” she added.
Similar campaigns were also held in other schools across the country including Muheto School in Kirehe District and Sun Rise High School in Musanze District.