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Drugs Sold At The University Of The South Pacific

USP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, was approached with the evidence. He said students could get expelled.
28 Aug 2020 09:12
Drugs Sold At The University Of The South Pacific
Manoa Park at USP Laucala Campus . Photo: Shreeya Verma.

Marijuana is being sold openly by students inside the University of the South Pacific Laucala Campus complex to students and outsiders.

The peddlers sit around tables at Moana Park, also known to students as Aimless Park, within the campus.

A Fiji Sun journalist, who is also a USP student, approached a group of boys at Moana Park after the group was pointed out by some other students. We asked the boys whether they had any marijuana on them. They showed us packs of dried leaves for $10 and $5 for the ‘shakes’ or loose leaves.

The young man told Fiji Sun that it would be better to buy now because the supply would run out soon.

USP Vice-Chancellor, Professor Pal Ahluwalia, was approached with the evidence. He said students could get expelled.

“We will alert the security. We have zero tolerance policy against drugs. We will ensure that the security acts immediately,” Professor Ahluwalia said.

“Initially, something that happens illegally within the campus, will be directed to the Police. These issues are also dealt with our student discipline committee.”

USP would also report the matter to the Police.

Fiji Police Force Chief of Operations, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Abdul Khan, said they would liaise with USP executives regarding security measures.

USP Student Association president for the Laucala Campus, Lepani Naqarase, said the association was raising drug awareness programmes every Friday on campus to prevent students from getting involved in drugs.

“Last week Tuesday, we had a senate meeting with all the cultural presidents and faculty representatives of 12-member countries on how we can promote a drug-free university,” he said.

“We really don’t know who the drug dealers or buyers are because there are many students on campus. But all we can do is conduct outreach awareness events so that students can think twice before making wrong moves,” Mr Naqarase said.

The association’s awareness programme consists of posters and pamphlets circulated around campus to help students stay away from drugs.

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

Feedback: shreeya.verma@fijisun.com.fj



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