Unbundle to help states develop, Akeredolu appeals to FG
Wants NDLEA to partner with Ondo on medicinal cannabis cultivation
Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), has urged the Federal Government to unbundle the Exclusive List to allow states in the country develop.
Akeredolu made the call in his office while playing host to officials of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), led by the Assistant Commander of Narcotics and Zonal Commander, NDLEA Zone J, Mr. Parah Julius Bawa.
According to him, “if our fiscal policy is not changed and what comes to states does not change, it will be difficult for states to help develop federal establishments in their domains.
“The time has come to change our fiscal policy. The time has come to unbundle the Exclusive List. Whatever area we can assist federal institutions, we will always support.”
He, however, urged the NDLEA to partner with the state on the pathway towards cultivation of cannabis sativa for medicinal purposes.
He said the strain of cannabis sativa at Ogbese in Ondo State is the best in the world, charging the agency to look towards sensitisation of the public and academic world to make it work.
The agency decorated Akeredolu as the Grand Patron of War Against Drug Abuse for Ondo Zonal Command. Akeredolu noted that the war against drug abuse is everyone’s fight, adding that no government will support drug abuse.
“No government will support drug abuse, particularly the scale at which it is going now in Nigeria. In Nigeria today, there are many substances. They are deadly as cocaine. People today abuse codeine and so many things that are deadly.
“I agree with you that drug abuse fuels banditry, kidnapping and every form of criminality that we are faced with. Those who are involved in this have to get high to come and take a risk with their lives,” he said.
While noting that his push for controlled cannabis cultivation for medicinal purposes is not encouraging drug abuse, the governor noted that the economic benefits had now been reaped across the globe.
Earlier, Bawa said his visit to the governor was occasioned because he has been posted to Ondo State as the Zonal Commander of NDLEA Zone J.
He said Zone J of the NDLEA comprises of Ondo and Ekiti states, emphasising that the creation of the zone was mandated by the chairman of the agency, Marwa, who put in restructuring by expanding the frontiers of the existing structure to 14 zonal commands.