THE Deputy Executive Secretary of the Narcotic Control Board (NACOB), Mr Michael Addo, has advised students, especially those in second-cycle schools to stay away from drugs if they desire to be responsible in future.
He also urged them to do away with the misconception that drugs will boost their learning capabilities since that will rather destroy them.
Mr Addo gave this advice during a quiz competition organised by NACOB at the St Thomas Aquinas Senior High School in Accra, as part of activities marking this year’s International Day against Illicit drug Abuse and trafficking, known as the World Drug Day celebration.
The quiz is the first activity that the Regional Office is embarking on, and participating schools for this year’s celebrations were: the St. Thomas Acquinas Senior High School, Osu Presbyterian Senior High School, La Presbyterian Senior High School, Labone Senior High School and the Armed Forces Secondary Technical School.
Geridinie Gaskim and Johnny Taylor, both form two General Arts students from the Labone Senior High School emerged winners, Osu Presbyterian Senior High School came 2nd, St Thomas Acquinas came third while Armed Forces Secondary Technical School and La Presbyterian Senior High School placed 4th and 5th respectively.
Contestants from the winning school expressed their excitement for emerging winners of the competing which they described as very tough.
They both received plaques as their prize together with other souvenirs from sponsors.
Items such as exercise books, two boxes of indomie noodles, among others, were presented to all contestants who participated in the quiz.
The theme for this year is ‘Listening first – listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe’.