The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Adamawa State Command has been assured of the state government’s support and assistance at all times. The State Governor, Bala James Ngillari gave the declaration recently during the drug exhibit destruction ceremony held at the state headquarters of the NDLEA in Yola.
The Governor, who was represented at the ceremony by the Deputy Chief of Staff to the Government House in Yola, George Moses (Professor) said that his administration would partner with the agency to bring down the tempo of the consumption of illicit drugs in the state. He stated that since the state is presently passing though a very difficult political period, there is need to sensitize youths to have a drug free society in the state.
The Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the State NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade in his speech disclosed that the agency has obtained the permission of the court to destroy 8,127.578kg of hard drugs in the state which were seized from dealers within the state. He also pointed out that youths are the main target of drug barons. “In 2014, the agency counseled 3,392 persons on drug abuse, most of them students and civil servants. Apart from being a criminal act, trafficking in drugs and abuse is also a health hazard,” he stated.
The State Commander of the NDLEA, Abdullahi Hassan Zungeru in his welcome address earlier explained that the success recorded by the command is as a result of collaboration with various agencies in the state. He added that the exercise is significant going by the rate of conviction by the command which stood at 108 in 2014.