Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) says the company is decided to deal with illicit medication within the nation regardless of the myriads of challenges its operatives encounter sometimes.
In an excerpt from a chunk revealed within the company’s journal, the NDLEA boss mentioned he’s assured that NDLEA now holds all of the aces and stands a superb likelihood of curbing the drug menace within the nation.
Marwa who reeled out among the latest feats attained by the company, was optimistic that the NDLEA goes to carry drug prevalence figures down, regardless that for the time being they nonetheless stay at a worrisome quantity.
According to the NDLEA chief, June was a month of strategic improvement and vital developments for the company included the launch of the War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, the disclosing of the National Drug Control Master Plan (NDCMP 2021-2025) and the discharge of the Standard Policy and Practice Guidelines (SPPG) for the Agency’s counselling centres.
These he famous had been along with the company’s persevering with blistering efficiency by way of file arrest and conviction of drug traffickers and unprecedented seizures of consignments of various illicit substances.
Notwithstanding, Mr Marwa pressured that it isn’t but ‘Uhuru’. He insisted that “the drug prevalence in Nigeria is worrisome, especially when compared with the global average”.
He mentioned, “from the last UNODC/Ministry of Health survey in 2018, we now know that 14.3 million Nigerians, between the ages of 15 and 64, abuse drugs. The World Drug Report ranked Nigeria as the leading country in the abuse of cannabis. These statistics should worry Nigerians.”
The NDLEA CEO, nonetheless, assured that the statistics will change for the higher, explaining that his optimism is based on strong premises.
“We are now an intelligence-based organization, and the purpose of our strategies is to exterminate illicit drug supply or, at least, control it; while at the same time, we are ramping up our drug demand reduction efforts. With UNODC, we have launched a standard policy guideline for counselling for NDLEA counsellors. So, our strategies encapsulate prevention, treatment, and aftercare,” he declared.