Chairman, Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board (RSSSSB), Chief David Briggs has advised parents to be proactive and vigilant towards checking drug addiction, cultism and prostitution among young adults in the state.
Briggs, who gave the advice in an interview with newsmen, yesterday in Port Harcourt, said there was the need to restore societal values.
He said the fast rate at which young adults in primary and secondary schools indulge in immorality was alarming and needed urgent attention to correct the anomaly.
“While most parents are busy politicking, chasing business and innovations, they have failed to address the high moral decay in our institutions of learning.
“Moral decay per say, is actually not an institutional decay but a personalised behaviour and conduct.
“Our wards are most vulnerable as moral decay runs in most of the schools in the country, in fact, most if not all the schools are either engaged in cultism and drug abuse.’
“These of course, are presently the highest social menace in our society. It has become very difficult to come up with a comparative analysis.
“But I must say that this societal problem has become so alarming among boys and girls even up to the primary schools,” he said. The schools board chairman revealed that several unscheduled visits to some schools across the state showed how addicted some children were involved in drugs, cultism, violence and prostitution.
“It is sad that even in some primary schools, cultism activities are already being planted by some unscrupulous elements.
“Recently, I was on an unscheduled visit to some public schools in the state with a security team and we did an on-the-spot raid or bag search where I randomly brought out four students to exchange their bags and they were asked to empty those bags.
“During this raid, we found kitchen knives, explosives, Indian hemp, in fact the Indian hemp were found in the bag belonging to a JSS 3 student. “We even saw condoms in both female and male bags, this show the high moral decadence in our institutions” he said.
He urged parents to be alive to their responsibilities, revealing new alternative ways to detect drug addiction in young adults.
“Parents should begin to search under the beds of the children and wards because once they can’t afford the cheap drugs like Tramadol or Indian hemp; they resort to drinking their own urine.
“These addicts urinate into containers hide them under their beds and allow it to ferment for three days and they drink this toxic substance.
“If your septic tanks develop a crack, be on the lookout if someone is not sniffing the gas from the broken area.
“Also, watch a child who is always covering his nose with a handkerchief, he may be sniffing petrol (PMS),” he said.
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The National Oil Spills Detection and Response Agency (NOSDRA), says it is yet to establish any link between oil leaks and death fishes that float and litter the Atlantic coastline across the Niger Delta region.
The agency said it was coordinating a multi-agency investigation, aimed at unraveling the cause of the reported massive death of fishes within the nation’s territorial waters and was looking beyond the oil industry.
Director-General of NOSDRA, Mr Idris Musa, told newsmen in a telephone chat on Wednesday in Yenagoa, that investigation was already ongoing in spite the COVID-19 lockdown.
According to Musa, officials of NOSDRA deployed from Warri, Yenagoa and Port Harcourt have conducted site visits to the Atlantic coastline in Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers to collect water and fish samples for tests.
”NOSDRA carried out a reconnaissance of the area in Delta where we first got the report through a member of a non- governmental organisation.
“There is no incident of oil spill within the area of reported dead fishes, notwithstanding that a few dead fishes were seen along the shoreline.
“The event of recent days where the death of fishes in large numbers make it expedient to look beyond oil spillage as the likely cause of death of fishes in such large numbers,” he said.
Musa said that the agency collected samples of water, sediments and some of the dead fishes for laboratory testing, and in doing so, brought on board other relevant government agencies that have mandate on the territorial waters, in particularly the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Institute of Oceanography and Marine Research (NIOMR) and the Federal Institute of Fisheries Research.
“Also, the National Environmental Standards and Regulations Enforcement Agency (NESREA) for all hands on deck assessment of the possible cause or causes of death of the fishes in such large numbers,” Musa said.
The NOSDRA chief executive said that the results of ongoing laboratory analysis would be compared with results from the participating agencies to profer an effective solution and ensures a more stringent regulation in future.
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