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The researcher in this work focused on the roles of Radio Nigeria, Enugu in combating drug abuse
among University Students. To achieve this aim, research objectives were constructed to guide the
researcher in her study. Survey research method was used for the study. The population was the
students of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani campus, and this made it
possible for the researcher to select an appropriate sample size of 320 respondents. Using the
questionnaire, the researcher was able to study the population. The researcher was able to find out
that Radio Nigeria, Enugu plays a huge role in combating drug abuse among University Students.
The study therefore recommends that Radio Nigeria (FRCN) through its campaign programmes
has really impacted positively in combating drug abuse among University Students and youths.
Background of the Study
Communication dates back many centuries ago, right from the wall to the present use of scientific
and methodical approaches in different spheres of human pre-occupation opportunities in an
orderly target and result oriented manner.
Mass communication media are made up of print and electronic/broadcast media. However, Radio
will be our main focus on this work. Radio is a medium of communication which is established for
the promotion of economic development with a maximum coverage. Radio is also established for
enhancement of educational development, stimulation of political participation and arousing
National security.
Radio is the one of the most dramatic medium with a high audience reach both in the urban and
rural areas respectively. Radio coverage is no less than 90 percent effective, the use of vernacular
language to convey message makes radios a very flexible, portable and available medium, it is
also inexpensive.
Every government, no matter its policy recognizes role of the media in combating drug abuse.
Undoubtedly radio makes a greater contribution towards societal improvements, so with this in
mind and the features already mentioned above, it can rightly be said that radio is the hub that
holds the wheel of society together and it has a role to play in combating the various scourge that
afflicts man today and one of such problem that has threatened the existence of man is drug abuse.
However, this study is on the role of Radio Nigeria Enugu in combating drug abuse among
university students, a study of Enugu State University of Science Technology Students (ESUT),
Agbani Campus.
Although Nigeria as a whole was known and considered a very great nation, rich in human and
mineral resources, she was proud to be. She was financially, politically, economically and socially
strong. Many countries wanted to invest in her, as others wanted just to be associated with her
bounty, as they considered the cost of living in Nigeria very low, she was honoured both at home
and abroad. She was rightly called the giant of Africa. The glory of Nigeria was simple, wonderful
and great and she was the talk of the day. Nigeria in short was the pace-setter as far as the African
continent was concerned.
One may rightly say that Nigeria was ascending to the heights in the post. However, striving to
reach the peak of glory, politically and economically, along the way, she started descending as far
as her glory was concerned. It is a Nigeria is not mentioned favorably in such an assessment, a
situation which would not have arisen twenty or over ten years ago.
There is more and more insincerity both in the government sector and in the private sector. Crime
is on the increase. Hired assassins are on rampage. The government seems incapable of doing
anything. Everyone is looking for a messiah. Life in Nigeria has turned out to look like the science
fiction book “animal farm” by George Orwell.
Nigeria has many serious problems, which have very serious health, social and economic
implications on the society. According to Anekwe (2004), a higher percentage of our youths
within the age arrange of eighteen (18) and youth between the age of twenty five (25) and twenty
eighty years (28) have tried one drug or the other ad are tied to drugs. A high percentage of those
admitted of mental related problems also come from the same group. Thus the drug epidemic is
gradually eroding the manpower base and future of Nigeria.
Before we advance further, it is very necessary we give a clear definition of drug. The advanced
learner’s dictionary of current English defines drugs as substance used for medical purpose or
substance producing stupor or insensibility. It also describes abuse as misuse of drug, or wrong
drug usage. Drugs that are not generally accepted, medical ground may be a term preferred to the
abuse of drugs in Nigeria. Nigeria has big problems, one of which is the serious social and
economic implication in the society.
According to drug and alcohol service formation system (2002) poly drug, alcohol was most
common substance reported to be abused by76 percent, the second was marijuana by 65 percent
and other drugs by 26 percent and over half by fifty six percent of all admissions for treatment in
publicity funded facilities in 2002, reported more than one substance abuse. Young-adult
admissions were more of poly drug abuse, then older adult admission were more of alcohol
according to the report.
As pointed out in Anekwe Herietta (2004), the Yaba psychiatric hospital, in 1984, treated 234
patients and in 1987, the figure climbed to 12,587, in 1989. It increased to 70,316. But these seems
to be just a tip of the iceberg as this does not adequately resented the ugly situation as witnessed
in most of the streets and federal highways in our country, Nigeria.
Drug abuse is one type of deviant behavior that was previously, exclusively associated with the
western societies. This problem has been in existence before the eighties, but today the footage has
turned into a frightening reality, a monster that has best ridden our country like a leach and refused
to let go while gradually spreading its tentacles.
Drug abuse is not just about the creative with a vacant look in its fast blinking eyes, a twittering
body and an altered without taking is about the student who cannot read without taking
unsweetened coffee, kola-nut or pills. Is about filter lover who turns to the bottle for salvation, the
business executive who must smoke to be able to work, the retrenched worker who floods his
veins with smoke to forget his sorrows and adventures, who tries to get hick because others are
doing it. Thus, drug abuse is not just about mislaying of drugs but the use of any chemical
substance that has an effect on the body and they include, smoke cannabis, and heroine, cocaine,
from the hemp plant, (cannabis satiua).
Nigeria has decided to indulge in drug abuse and there is nothing the country has to show for it.
Most parents in Nigeria today in their bid to make both earns, meet, searching for greener
pastures, always abandon and neglect the power welfare of their wards and children and expose
them to the “unofficial” assistance of so called house-maids.
This ugly incident will psychologically depress such children there by giving rise to child abuse
which is an off-shot of drug abuse.
Without minding words, such youths will end up in taking solace in some illicit hard drugs
mentioned above for their survival in life. With this sad development, the society is being
gradually and systematically ruined uncontrollably there, by destroying the moral values to the
Nigeria policy via her youth. Drug abuse is a fatal past time Nigerians have decided to indulge in
and made a companion.
In the past and in the present, there have been advertisements, campaigns, announcements, and a
public outery against certain hard drugs, their effects and dangers through different media like
Television, Radio, Newspaper, Magazines and Bill boards with such slogan as “say no to drugs,
drugs kill,” “a drug free child is the pride of the parents,” “lend a hand in ridding Nigeria of hard
drugs”, “will you try anything?. You may never get off the hook” “aviod drug trafficking. You
may end up behind bars” and so many others. The above slogans and many similar ones are some
examples of the propaganda against drug and drug trafficking both from government and private
agencies to preserve agencies to preserve life rather than to destroy.
However this research is aimed at knowing role or functions of radio of Nigeria of combating
against drug abuse, in particular reference to ESUT undergraduates.
Nigerians have just woken up to the menace of drug abuse which is like a night mare that refuses
to go away or like a shadow that does not depart from you. Drug abuse is not recent phenomenon
in Nigeria. It started in the late 1960’s when the use of Indian hemp (cannabis) as a stimulant
became widespread and what followed was a graded upsurge in the use of hemp of the Nigeria
As a menace of drugs grew wide, the government woke up to the dangers of the trade if left
This packaged programme was communicated to people of ESUT student and the entire society
whom the projected is meant for.
Finally, evaluation of the programme will be undertaken to know the success or otherwise of the
programme and also to know if an alternative solution would be sought.
1.2 Statement of the Research problem
– The researcher intends to know whether the campaign programme on drug abuse covers
the location of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani campus.
– The researcher is aimed at investigating whether the campaign programme is done in a
language known and common among the students of Enugu State University of Science
and Technology.
– The researcher intends to know whether Radio Nigeria Enugu gives enough airtime for
the campaign on drug abuse.
1.3 Objectives of the study
 To know whether the campaign programme on drug abuse covers a wide reach of Enugu
State University of Science Technology, Agbani campus
 To know whether the campaign programme is presented in a language known among the
students of Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
 To find out whether Radio Nigeria Enugu gives enough airtime for the campaign on drug
1.4 Research questions
 To what extent does the campaign programme on drug abuse in radio Nigeria, Enugu
cover a wide reach of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani
 How can the campaign programme on drug abuse be presented in a language known
among the students of Enugu State University of Science and Technology?
 Does radio Nigeria Enugu give sufficient airtime for the campaign programme on drug
1.5 Scope of the study
This study is limited to students of Enugu State University of Science and Technology, Agbani
campus. The researcher shall however study the students of ESUT undergraduates, especially the
final year students in the university. However the students of the faculty of medicine shall also be
focused as their course of study relates to human health and this research work. Hence since the
institution was chosen as a study because of her years of Academic excellence, therefore, the
finding of this study will be generalized to include all students of Enugu State University of
Science and Technology.
1.6 Significance of the study
This study is significant because it will help the programme producer to know the extent his
programme is in order to help reduce drug abuse in our society and to know the level of awareness
on drug abuse created among students of Enugu State University of Science and Technology,
Agbani campus.
Definition of terms
1.7 Operational definition of significant terms
Drugs: Drugs are harmful substances such as cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, tobacco,
cannabis etc. Used among students of Enugu State University of Science and Technology from
January to June 2014.
Abuse: Abuse is the misuse of drugs among students of Enugu State University of Science and
Technology in a way that there is observable effect.
Combating: The roles performed by Radio Nigeria in eradicating drug abuse among students of
Enugu State University of Science and Technology.
Role: The duties and functions performed by Radio Nigeria in eliminating and combating drug
abuse among students of Enugu State Science University of Science and Technology
Radio: A broadcast media used in informing the society especially the youths to avoid harmful
and unlawful practices such as drug abuse.
Undergraduate: A group of students who are studying for their first degree in Enugu State
University of Science and Technology.
Student: A group of undergraduates acquiring knowledge for their first degree programme in
Enugu State University of Science and Technology


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