The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brigadier-General Buba Marwa, Rtd, says plans are underway to seek government approval to conduct drug tests on matriculating students of tertiary institutions, NYSC members, security agencies fresh recruits, and all newly appointed government employees. Marwa disclosed this during a meeting with commanders of the 36 states of the Federation, FCT and special commands today Monday, January 25. He urged the commanders to be desirous of keeping drugs out of Nigerian streets and homes. ”NDLEA is ready to help and we must help. The success we make of this particular task goes a long way to determine the socio-economic stability of the nation. We need not be told of the nexus between drug use, crime, and criminalities. The exponential growth of the nefarious drug activities can be directly linked to the upsurge in crimes such as insurgency, terrorism, kidnapping, cultism, political thuggery, gangsterism, rape, and other maladaptation bedeviling today’s Nigeria.
Ours is a national assignment. Drug has littered everywhere; every community. We will lead the fight and we will succeed. Make no mistake about it, it is a collective effort. We will equally devote a lot of efforts to prevention, treatment, and aftercare and focus on family and parenting, community, school systems, advocacy to all groups” he said