By Henry Okonkwo
Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (Retd), has charged all newly promoted officers and men of the anti-narcotic agency to go all out and crush drug cartels across Nigeria.
The agency’s spokesperson, Femi Babafemi, in a statement on Thursday quoted Marwa as giving the charge during a ceremony to decorate newly promoted Deputy Commander Generals of Narcotics, and Assistant Commander Generals of Narcotics.
Marwa had on June 17, 2021 approved the immediate promotion of 3,506 officers and men to their next ranks, thus breaking the jinx of long years of stagnation in the agency.
This followed a report by the harmonisation committee he instituted soon assuming leadership of the agency in January to address the issues of low morale and stagnation in the career path of personnel.
After due consideration of the recommendations by the committee, the NDLEA boss approved the immediate promotion of 2,910 officers between the rank of Narcotic Assistant I and Superintendent of Narcotics.
Also, 596 others between Chief Superintendent of Narcotics and Assistant Commander General of Narcotics were recommended and approved for elevation to their next ranks.
Addressing the newly promoted officers on Thursday in Abuja, Marwa said the exercise is part of efforts to ensure that the nation’s anti-drug war succeeds.
He said, “Any clog in our wheels, we’ll destroy and must be crushed. This war must be pursued relentlessly, the entire country mobilised and we must succeed.”
Marwa while charging the topmost officers to go all out and crush the drug scourge in every part of the country.
He attributed the success so far recorded by the NDLEA to the support of President Muhammadu Buhari, who “graciously approved payment of liabilities and entitlements owed to staff for years and also burial expenses due to families of deceased officers since 2015”.
He assured officers and men of the agency that their welfare and care will continue to remain uppermost under his leadership.
Chairman of the Harmonisation Committee and Special Adviser to the Chairman, Col. Yakubu Bako (Retd); Director of Administration and Establishment, Sani Ibrahim Sani, as well as the Director, Planning, Research and Statistics, Victoria Egbase, who spoke at the ceremony, commended Marwa for restoring the dignity and morale of the workforce through his purposeful and result-oriented leadership of the agency.