Marwa commends Rabiu as ASR Africa boosts NDLEA with N500m grant
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), has commended the Chairman of Abdul Samad Rabiu Africa Initiative (ASR Africa), Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu, for his philanthropic support for humanity.
He gave the commendation at the Agency’s national headquarters in Abuja, yesterday, when he received a letter of grant of N500 million to fund selected projects of the Agency from the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASR Africa, Ubon Udoh.
Director, Media and Advocacy NDLEA, Femi Babafemi, in a statement, said the grant was in recognition of many successes the Agency has recorded nationally and internationally in the fight against illicit substance abuse and trafficking in Nigeria.
According to him, it came under the ASR Africa Security Sector Support Scheme, an intervention initiative targeted at sustainably impactful interventions in security and social development in Africa.
In his remarks at the brief ceremony, Marwa described Alhaji Rabiu, as a patriot, philanthropist and foremost industrialist who has human interest at heart.
He recounted the pivotal role the Chairman of BUA Group played in 2019/2020 along with his colleagues in the business sector to mitigate the effect of COVID-19 in Nigeria.
The NDLEA boss said the drug scourge is not what only the government and the Agency can fight alone, adding that there is the urgent need for all stakeholders to rise up like the ASR Africa to support the nation’s War Against Drug Abuse (WADA) initiative, which encourages all citizens, both corporate and individual, to be stakeholders.
“By acknowledging the existence of the drug scourge, ASR Africa has positioned itself as an important stakeholder towards eradicating the menace in Nigeria.
The grant will be used towards sustainable and impactful projects relevant to the current reality of the drug problem in the country,” Marwa stated.
Speaking earlier, the Chief Executive Officer of ASR Africa said the grant is part of efforts of the Chairman of BUA Group to give back to the African continent and make lasting impact in peace and security, as a means of uplifting and restoring the dignity and lives of Africans.
“Your selection is in recognition of the many successes you have recorded nationally and internationally, the high quality of service delivered by your Agency, and the excellence of your men and women in the service of the nation,” he said.