Over 300 students of St. Trunite Secondary School in Ruhango District have been urged to keep away from drug abuse and also join efforts in fighting narcotics and other illicit substances.
The call was made by the District Community Liaison Officer, Inspector of Police (IP) Angelique Abijuru along with Ruhango Police Station Commander (IP) Emmanuel Munyaneza during recent meeting with the students and their teachers at their school.
“A credible school is one which provides a major influence in transmitting values, standards, and information to students, including alerting them about the adverse consequences associated with abusing drugs,” IP Abijuru said, urging the school administration to take internal measures against the vice.
She called upon the students to also take the lead in raising awareness and fighting drug related crimes by identifying and reporting either users or dealers.
“Students should always be given the liberty and time to discuss the extent of drug abuse among youth, why and what causes drug abuse and its effects of drug abuse and the role of every individual in fighting it.”
The DCLO reminded the students that frequent drug users have high risks of dropping out of school or underperformance.
The students were further urged to be ambassadors in the fight against drug abuse.
Students interacted with police officers and were also educated on crime prevention in general.
The school director Jean de Dieu Hanganimana pledged to encourage school administrators to keep closer to students and encourage them to be part of the anti-narcotics clubs and other community policing initiatives.
One of the students Clemantine Uwase thanked Rwanda National Police for the knowledge they acquired about drug abuse and its effect and pledged to join the campaign against drug abuse.