The federal government has approved recruitment of 5, 000 personnel for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to boost its manpower profile.
The agency’s chairman, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), who disclosed this on Friday at the public destruction of drug exhibits by Taraba Command of NDLEA in Jalingo, said the approval would go a long way in improving operations of the agency on campaign against drug addiction in the country.
He said increased consumption of illicit drugs among the youths in Taraba was worrisome and appealed to families to be alive to their responsibilities.
He said effective drug prevention must involve positive engagement of children, youths and adults with their families, schools, workplace and community.
He commended the governor of the state, Mr. Darius Ishaku of for his support to the agency in addressing drug problems in the state.
Abdallah also commended the governor’s wife, Anna for giving great impetus to the war against drug abuse in the state.
Besides, he saluted the governor for including NDLEA commandant in the state’s security council as well as supporting the agency with operational vehicles.
He noted that the provision of Hope Afresh Foundation, a non-governmental organisation, managed by the wife of the governor for sensitisation against drug abuse was a great boost to anti-drug abuse campaign.
Earlier, the acting commander of NDLEA in the state, Mr. Peter Odaudu, had said that the agency had readied 6,963.80 kilogrammes of deadly weeds and psychotropic substances for destruction.
Odaudu said the exhibits were seized between January, 2003 and December, 2018.
He listed some of the illicit drugs confiscated to include, but not limited to cannabis sativa, diazepam, rophynol, cough syrups with codeine and tramadol.
Odaudu said the command had obtained a court’s order to destroy the contraband.
He commended other security agencies in the state as well as the governor for their cooperation in the success recorded by the NDLEA.
In his remarks, Ishaku, said drug consumption had increased violent crimes in the state.
Ishaku, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Haruna Manu, said most persons arrested for violent crimes in the state were youths.
He, therefore, urged the youths to avoid illicit drugs saying they are dangerous to their health and the society.
With NAN report