Governor Dauda Lawal has pledged full support to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Zamfara State.
The Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Zamfara paid a courtesy visit to the Government House in Gusau on Tuesday.
A statement by the Governor’s Spokesperson, Sulaiman Bala Idris, revealed that the Commandant raised significant concerns related to the fight against drug abuse in the State.
The statement reiterated Governor Lawal’s commitment to collaborating with the NDLEA to ensure a drug-free state.
He said: “Responding to the demands of the commandant, Governor Lawal restated his commitment to fighting drug abuse and building a drug-free society across all local government areas.
“The State Government requires a mutual understanding with the NDLEA in tackling the menace of drug abuse; we would also provide all necessary support needed to cripple drug smuggling into the State.
“The Governor stated that drug use is a significant factor contributing to the ongoing insecurity in the state. As many of the bandits operate under drug influence, it is our responsibility to find a lasting solution to the issue.
“He promised to renovate the Gusau rehab centre, provide proper accommodation and offices for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and furnish the agency’s officers with operational vehicles for efficient operations.
Earlier, the Commander of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in Zamfara, Bamidele Amos Segun, explained the agency’s role in curtailing drug abuse and smuggling in the State.
He said: “I am honoured to be in your presence today and grateful for the Almighty God who blessed Zamfara with a person like you.
“Based on what we have observed, it appears that under your watch, Zamfara State is making progress towards complete recovery. As members of the NDLEA, we are committed to providing our utmost support to your government in fulfilling our constitutional duty of reducing drug abuse to the minimum.”