Former Vice Chancellor advocates drug test for lecturers

Prof. Muhammad AbdulAziz, the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU), Bauchi State, has advocated drug test for lecturers to sanitise university system

AbdulAziz stated this in a valedictory speech to the Senate of the University at a handing over ceremony to his successor, Prof. Sani Kunya, the newActing Vice Chancellor of the institution.

While commending the decision by the Federal Ministry of Education to introduce drug test for students seeking admission to all universities, he said such test should be extended to lecturers.

According to him, it would further sanitise the university system, promote sanctity and academic excellence.

“We have discussed with the Federal Ministry of Education and they want to introduce to all universities that before any student would be registered in the universities, he or she must undergo drug tests.

“If students should undergo drug tests, I believe that even some of us, the lecturers, need to undergo same test so that we know our status.

“We also have to volunteer ourselves to have this test done on us because we have to sanitise the university.

“If the students are to be subjected to drug tests to determine their mental health status, nothing is wrong if the lecturers too are subjected to the same test.

“That is the only way to check excesses in the university system,” he said.

AbdulAziz said the modest achievements recorded during his tenure were in the areas of infrastructural development, academic content development and community services.

He said the achievements recorded could not have been made possible, without the support of all stakeholders in the system.

He appreciated the federal government for the support rendered to the University through the Federal Ministry of Education and its various agencies like the National Universities Commission and the Tertiary Education Trust Fund.

Also speaking, the new Acting VC of the university expressed gratitude to the Senate  for finding him worthy of the honour and to the Federal Government for his confirmation.

“I want to assure you that, I will justify the confidence reposed in me by not disappointing you all

“I shall do everything within my capability to build on the legacies of my predecessor in terms of maintaining and improving academic excellence,” he assured.