The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recruitment of 5,000 personnel for the agency to boost its manpower.
Abdallah said this on Friday at the Public Destruction of Drug Exhibits by Taraba Command of NDLEA in Jalingo.
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, Acting Commander of NDLEA in the state, Mr. Peter Odaudu, had said that the agency had assembled seven tonnes (6,963.80 kilogrammes) of deadly weeds and psychotropic substances for destruction.
Odaudu said that the exhibits were seized between January 2003 and December 2018.
He listed some of the illicit drugs assembled for destruction as Cannabis Sativa, Diazepam, Rophynol, Cough syrups with codeine and Tramadol.
According to him, a court order for their destruction has been duly obtained.
Odaudu commended other security agencies in the state for their cooperation in the success recorded by the NDLEA.
He commended the state government for supporting the agency towards ensuring effective control in consumption of illicit drugs in the state.
In his remarks, the state governor, Mr. Darius Ishaku, said that drug consumption had led to increase in violent crimes in the state.
Ishaku, who was represented by the Deputy Governor Haruna Manu, said that most persons arrested for violent crimes in the state were youths.
He, therefore, urged the youths to avoid the use of illicit drugs, saying that it was dangerous to their health and the society.
He also urged the agency to collaborate with office of the First Lady to achieve more feat in its mandate of ensuring a drug-free society.
Ishaku said that the construction of health centres by the first lady’s foundation for sensitisation in the three senatorial zones was a better platform to adopt by the agency.
He assured the agency of continued support by the state government to eradicate drug abuse.