Police rallies Rulindo students to campaign against drug abuse
Following the meeting that was presided over by the District Police Commander (DPC) Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Felix Bizimana, student also observed the destruction of narcotics and other illicit substances, seized in the district in the past three months.
The substances destroyed include 10 kilograms of cannabis, 73 litres illicit gin, 241 cartons of Chief waragi and several other locally brewed illicit substances.
SSP Bizimana told the students that drugs lead to physical and mental disability, emotional damage, and a decline in school performance and productivity of young people.
“Anyone who consumes drugs has no control of their actions and that’s how young people end up involving themselves in immoralities that leads to either contracting STDs or unwanted pregnancies, dropping out of school. This is how young people’s future is lost,” said the DPC, warning the students about the dangers of drug abuse.
He noted that frequent drug users are prone to dropping out of school or poor academic performance and called on students to share timely information with their teachers if any of their peers indulge in drug abuse.
“Students have to be ambassadors of the fight against drugs by alerting authorities whenever they realize that some of their fellow students engage in drug abuse. School authorities should also report cases of drug trafficking,” he noted.
SSP Bizimana urged schools to conduct regular inspections among students, collaborate with law enforcers and consult with parents about their respective roles in fighting drug abuse.
He went on to tell teachers that “Students should always be given the liberty and time to discuss the extent of drug abuse among the youth in their neighbourhoods, causes of drug abuse, consequences and what schools can do to combat the problem in their communities.”
Students interacted with police officers and were also educated on how to fight against other crimes.
The director of APAPEC-Murambi, Prudence Mbarushimana said, “The knowledge acquired from police doesn’t only help us to fight drug abuse but also helps students to be good and responsible citizens.”
He went on to thank the police and requested students to take the lectures serious.