by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
The Chairman/CEO of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Gen. Buba Marwa, has lamented the ravaging effects of drug abuse on the society, particularly violent crimes.
Speaking in Jos on Wednesday, when he paid a courtesy call on the Plateau State governor, Simon Lalong, as part of his working visit to the State, Gen. Marwa decried the menace of drug abuse, which is a nationwide problem, has fuelled violent crimes and insecurity in many parts of Nigeria, including Plateau State.
He revealed that, NDLEA has worked out strategies for not only stopping the acquisition and distribution of narcotic substances, but also engaged in massive education and enlightenment to get the entire society onboard to fight the menace, which is touching every segment of the society.
Gen. Marwa explained that, it was for this reason that the agency has not only stopped at seizure, arrest and prosecution of drug traffickers, but also recommended compulsory tests for public office holders, intending couples and others, in order to facilitate the rehabilitation and management of those, who are already using drugs.
He commended Governor Simon Lalong for his efforts in assisting the NDLEA Training Academy, Jos, and Plateau State Command with logistics, infrastructure and collaboration in discharge of their duties.
He appealed for an allocation of land to enable the agency build its barracks, which was approved by President Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2022 budget.
Responding, Governor Lalong said he was excited to receive Gen. Marwa “whose pedigree for performance is widely known” during his glorious military career.
The NDLEA chairman noted, too, that the agency has done a lot in Nigeria and, in particular Plateau State, by arresting drug kingpins, who at one time thought they were “untouchables,” and it has reduced the rate of violent crimes in the State.
Governor Lalong, however, appealed to the NDLEA chairman to intensify efforts in helping the State to avoid being used as a transit State for narcotics as well as handle the rehabilitation of those already affected.
He pledged to complete the construction of the Rehabilitation Centre currently under construction as well as continue to offer more support to the agency when needed.
Gen. Marwa was in Plateau State for the Passing Out Parade of the newly-trained officers, among other activities.