NDLEA to conduct drug tests on students, security agents, govt officials

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) is seeking government’s approval to conduct drug tests on fresh students of tertiary institutions, newly recruited security agents, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members and government workers to check the menace of drug abuse in the country.

The agency’s Chairman/Chief Executive Officer the Agency, Brig-Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd.), gave the hint when he hosted NDLEA commanders across the country on Monday in Abuja.

He promised to propose to the government “the necessity for drug tests for all tertiary institutions resuming students, National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) members, new workers, all security agencies’ new recruits and random tests for government appointees”.

Marwa added: “NDLEA is ready to help, and we must help.”

The commanders, who briefed him on their posts and areas of responsibility, were directed to mop up illicit drugs across the country.

“All commanders must be desirous of keeping drugs out of Nigerian streets and homes. So, all of you must shape up and get all those engaged in the nefarious business to face the music. And I need results from now on. Our maxim will be offensive action. This means we must go all out constantly on the offensive against the bad guys.

“The success we make of this particular task goes a long way to determine the socio-economic stability of the nation. We need not be told of the nexus between drug use, crime and criminalities. The exponential growth of the nefarious drug activities can be directly linked to the upsurge in crimes, such as insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, cultism, political thuggery, gangsterism, rape and other maladaptation bedeviling today’s Nigeria. “

“It is not going to be business as usual. It is a moving train. Please, let nobody stand in its front. The train will crush any such person. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.

“To the unbending drug crime perpetrators, I would like to let them know also that the game is up! It is high time they embraced another trade. The Federal Government Policy on Agriculture is a window for them to leverage on,” Marwa said.

The NDLEA chairman said he would put more efforts on drug demand reduction as part of plans to eradicate the scourge in Nigeria.

“While strengthening our enforcement activities, we will equally devote a lot of efforts to prevention, treatment and aftercare, and focus on family/parenting, community, school systems, advocacy to all groups through traditional institutions, religious bodies, media, NGOs, CSOs, state and local governments, among others. We will rehabilitate our rehab centres, make them functional while more will be built,” he said.

Marwa, who also expressed his determination to run with the “National Drug Control Master Plan, Our Road Map”, said toll free call centers/help lines will soon be set up for the use of Nigerians with genuine information or those seeking the agency’s intervention.

“Ours is a national assignment. Drug has littered everywhere; every community. We will lead the fight and we will succeed. Make no mistake about it: it’s a collective effort,” he told the commanders.

Marwa assured the commanders that their welfare would be given priority.

The chairman said the suspended training of newly recruited personnel would soon resume, after appropriate clearance from relevant authorities.

“The welfare of workers of the agency is of paramount importance and urgency. It will be tackled. I’m aware there are no barracks, which is not conducive for your line and kind of duty. This as well as operational and logistics issues will be looked into,” he said.

Source: Nations

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