Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Company (NDLEA), claims inadequate funding is influencing the operations of the agency.
Speaking on Wednesday when he appeared prior to the home of representatives committee on medication and narcotics, Marwa reported staff of the agency are “tempted” to collect bribes from medicines barons thanks to inadequate funding of the NDLEA.
“There are significant funding problems and aside from remaining a detriment to our productive operations, there is a further facet of lousy funding of an company like the NDLEA,” he mentioned.
“There is no small business that is awash with cash everywhere in the world from unproductive endeavours like the drugs organization they have billions.
“So, when you do not fund the agency, the staff have temptation. They are tempted by these barons. This is an additional aspect of the need for ample funding so that personnel have their monies.
“The proposal for 2022 is an enhancement on the previous budgets and this stems generally from the keen interest of the president on the problems that we are experiencing, and as properly the minister of finance, who is dedicated to ridding the region of drug abuse.
“It is an enhancement, but there are important places that will need enhancement in which we would depend on this committee to help us.
“The typical MDA budget envelope allotted for the ministry of justice was what we all shared. The budget is a complete of N38,152,288,851.”
Marwa included that there is a require for the agency to receive a lot more arms and ammunition to fight drug trafficking.
Francis Agbo, chairman of the committee, claimed the national assembly will spouse with NDLEA to make sure that it “bites and barks properly”.
“If we are unsuccessful to address medicines, then we demolish Nigeria,” he claimed.
“In the ninth assembly, NDLEA has fared much better than in previous assemblies. We have labored intently with you to ensure there is improvement in the funding of the NDLEA.
“The upsurge in terrorism and other crimes is related to the upsurge in narcotics drug addiction.
“We are doing the job so really hard to make sure that we amend the police have confidence in fund by simply just shifting it to policing have confidence in fund, since the decree setting up the NDLEA recognises it as a policing agency with total powers to look into and prosecute and without the need of funding, the NDLEA can not do a great deal.
“Therefore, considering that we have humongous amounts of revenue stashed in the law enforcement believe in fund, we are proposing a monthly bill — it has passed initially reading — to make sure that the NDLEA is manufactured to be a beneficiary of that trust fund. That tells you how serious we are right here at the national assembly.”