Right or Wrong? Mandatory Drug Test For Newly Admitted Students Into The University of Lagos

Students seeking to gain admission into the University of Lagos  will no longer be admitted only on the basis of merit but also on the result of their hard drug test. The institution has made screening her newly-admitted students for hard drug test mandatory.

On Wednesday, the university’s Principal Assistant Registrar, Communication Unit, Mrs. Taiwo Oloyede warned that the university would not hesitate to withdraw admission of new students who test positive for hard drugs. and those found culpable will lose the admission.

Oloyede said this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.

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According to her, the screening is to ensure a drug-free academic community as well as promote peaceful co-existence. She said all newly-admitted students would undergo the screening before registration.

Oloyede said:

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 Admission of any newly-admitted students who test positive for drug use shall be withdrawn. Our students must be seen to be good products not only of the institution, but also of 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.

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She told NAN that preparations for registration of new students admitted on merit had been concluded, and according to her, the registration will begin on October 22 and end on November 9.

She revealed that 36,218 candidates who applied for admission into the university scored 200 and above in the 2018 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination out of which 30,201 sat for the university’s post UTME test.

She said further that the institution would admit no fewer than 6,000 students into its undergraduate programmes for the 2018/2019 academic year and the commencement of academic activities for the session had been tentatively fixed for November 19, 2018.

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