Killing the rat with a sledgehammer

The announcement by the RCSC that candidates wishing to join the civil service bandwagon will be subject to a mandatory drug test is both welcoming and an unnecessary move to tighten the nooses of our already frustrated youths, whose dreams of becoming a civil servant is fast becoming a distant flicker of a hope every passing year.

While it means to show that our government is on a mission to recruit only the best of the creamy crop, it also reflects on how grave the problem of drug and substance abuse has become in our country. The sheer number of drug-related arrests, with about 90 percent of the detainees comprising of youths below 30, speaks volumes of how this social malice has slowly crept into our culture, threating to destroy the very fabric of it.

What can the RCSC’s move to bar drug abusers from entering into the mainstream civil service mean? What prompted this move and what could be the possible ramifications associated with this decision? There are a hundred and one questions to be answered and, more than that, another hundred probable theories as to what prompted the RCSC to take such a move into account. But two things are evident; the problem of ‘drug abuse’ is ballooning among our youths, and getting recruited into civil service, which is everyone else’s number one priority, is fast becoming a distant reality.

But can baring those graduates who test positive for prohibited drugs ensure that our crop of civil servants is clean? Where do these social rejects, if tested positive, go for reprieve and consolation after they are kicked out even before they step afoot on their career ladders? And what about those candidates who join the civil service in other categories other than BSCE graduates? Will they be exempt from the RCSC’s drug sobriety tests?

We hope, and in all earnest, that the RCSC must have already done a thorough review on these issues. Because if we look at how things are unfolding, we can assume that the general citizenry are keenly watching the RCSC’s move with added vigour and raised eyebrows, not to mention with an added pinch of salt as to how and why the role of ‘drugs’ have become an integral part of our daily lives.

There is nothing called, and will never be, a utopian concept of a drug and alcohol free society. And ours have become even more daunting when we have already let the alcohol flow free and made SP+ a legally acceptable prescriptive drug.

Good luck RCSC.

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