The governments of the United States and Britain have pledged increased support for the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) after expressing satisfaction over the success of the agency's new leadership in just eight weeks in the saddle.
US Consul General in Lagos Claire Pierangello and British Deputy High Commissioner for Nigeria Ben Levelin-Jones in Lagos on Tuesday during the motorboat donation to NDLEA.Meanwhile,Pierangello was pleased with the presentation from the President / CEO of NDLEA, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa (Ret.) Assured in just eight weeks on the ground that,given the dynamism and effectiveness that comes with it,the US government is ready to cooperate and give Nigeria's leading anti-drug agency greater support for the agency's activities.
In a statement,British Deputy High Commissioner Llewellyn-Jones said the British government was satisfied with a number of illegal drugs being sold by NDLEA at Murtala Mohammed International Airport,Tincan and Apapa Ports shortly after General Marva chaired in Lagos the Board of Directors was seized from NDLEA.
He said Britain would be happy to offer more assistance with the new troops being introduced in Nigeria in the fight against illegal drugs and the agency's successes between January and now,adding that the handover of patrol boats is an important indication. There was a lot of activity after your appointment.There was a big seizure in the team.The cocaine seizure at Murtala Mohammed International Airport was huge and for this NDLEA it must be acknowledged and praised. We will continue to provide you with the support you need.the current situation continues,he said.
In response,General Marwa assured the British government that the ship would be put to good use and thanked them for their investment and support in the fight against illegal drugs in the country.I would like to thank the US Government and the UK Government for their support of the NDLEA over the years in information sharing,training,equipment and other logistics, and especially since I served as President of the NDLEA.
Let me say unequivocally that with renewed vigor and vigilance from our people and officers at ports,airports and land borders, which have recently resulted in large-scale seizures,I know that drug traffickers have now turned to our waterways across the border to carry drugs.With today's donation for this boat,I would like to warn that the time has come for those in our waters too,because from now on they will have to fight the NDLEA and we will deal with it decisively if they don't give in to the criminal trade,he said.
Earlier,the NDLEA boss led a team of officials on a polite visit from Lagos to Oba,Oba Rilwan Akinolu,who received them along with his superior in a white hat.Marwa said he was at the palace seeking the support of the king and the country's traditional institutions for the fight against drugs.He asked the royal father to form a drug control committee in Lagos and use his influential voice in the campaign against drug abuse in the state and across the country.
In response,Oba Akinolu said he had always known Marwa as an achievement and had no doubt that he would use his global network to positively influence Nigeria's fight against drug abuse and drug trafficking.He asked for more funds for the agency to achieve his goals.He credits Marwa for the tremendous influence he had in the short time he took over the leadership of the NDLEA.
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