Rivers tasks parents on cult activities among school children

By Emmanuel Serigbana

Chairman, Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board (RSSSSB), Chief David Briggs has sent strong message to parents to take further measure in curbing cultism, drug addiction, and prostitution taking turns amongst adolescents in Rivers state, adding that it calls for urgent approach to rejuvenate moral values in the society.

The RSSSSB boss sent this message across to parents and guidance of young adults in the state in an interview with newsmen, May 14 2019, in Port Harcourt.

Briggs was not happy with what he characterised by astronautical level at which young adults in primary and secondary schools had taken to immorality as a culture of some sorts.

“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 tasked parents to be proactive against 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.