Unilag to screen new students for hard drugs

The University of Lagos says it will screen its newly-admitted students for hard drugs to ensure the university community is free of drug-induced social challenges.

The university’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, Mrs Taiwo Oloyede, warned that the institution would not hesitate to withdraw the admission status of any new students who may test positive to hard drugs.

Oloyede told newsmen in Lagos that the screening “is to ensure a drug-free academic community as well as promote peaceful co-existence”.

She said that all newly-admitted students would undergo the screening before registration.

“This test is compulsory and will be administered on new students before they are allowed to go ahead with registration.

“Admission of any newly-admitted students who test positive to drug use shall be withdrawn.

“Our students must be seen to be good products not only of the institution but the larger society.

“We want to ensure that we get students who will be willing to maintain peace, show leadership qualities and be law-abiding,” she said.

Oloyede said that preparations for registration of new students admitted on merit had been concluded.

According to her, the registration will begin on Oct. 22 and end on  Nov. 9.

She said the institution would admit 6,000 students into its undergraduate programmes for the 2018/2019 academic year.

According to Oloyede, 36,218 candidates, who applied for admission into the university, scored 200 and above in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME).

According to her, of the figure, 30,201 sat for the university’s post UTME test.

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She said that academic activities for the 20118/2019 would tentatively begin on Nov. 19.

By our correspondent

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