Marwa seeks Ogun support in war against drug abuse
• Abiodun presents van, motorcycles to NDLEA
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa, yesterday called for support of Ogun State Government in the efforts of the agency to combat drug abuse and drug-related crimes in the country.
Marwa made the call during an official visit to Governor Dapo Abiodun at his Oke Mosan Office, Abeokuta, as part of his nationwide appraisal and advocacy visit to the state commands of the NDLEA.
The NDLEA boss, who lamented the prevalence of drug abuse in the Southwest region of the country, said about 22.4 per cent of the people in the region abuse drugs.
He added that in Ogun State, about 17 per cent of the population abuse drugs and other substances.
Marwa noted that NDLEA would need land in the state to build barracks for its personnel.
“With the high prevalence of drug abuse in the country, I want to solicit Your Excellency’s support in combating the menace in the state.
“As we all know, drug abuse destroys life, community and it has no respect for age, gender, and religion, hence, the need to engage critical stakeholders in the fight to stem the tide of this social malaise,” Marwa stated.
While commending Abiodun for partnering the agency in combating the menace in the state, he noted that NDLEA had finalised plans to build barracks for its operatives to further secure their lives from drug barons and peddlers.
He, however, urged the state government to assist the agency by providing land for building the barracks for the personnel of the anti-drug agency.
“NDLEA is a hazardous place to work for our officials. They arrest drug peddlers and barons; they prosecute them and they will go back to the same community to sleep among these people. This is very dangerous for our officials. We need land to build barracks for them,” Marwa stated.
The NDLEA chairman commended Abiodun for his style of leadership in the state, stressing it had contributed to his numerous achievements, especially in the area of infrastructural development, health, education and security.
Responding, Abiodun lauded Marwa for stepping up the fight against drug abuse in the country, saying “The NDLEA has been reborn and is witnessing a new lease of life under your watch.”
He expressed his administration’s readiness to partner and assist with NDLEA in its quest to combat drug abuse in the country.
“We will step up our support to you. We will work more to reduce the percentage of drug consumption in the state,” he said.
The governor later presented an operational van and two motorcycles to Ogun State command of the agency to help its fight against drug abuse, while promising to donate land for the building of NDLEA staff quarters in the state.