Chairman of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Retired Brig Gen. Buba Marwa, has disclosed that intending couples and admission seekers will henceforth be made to undergo drug tests before being certified. Marwa made the disclosure on Saturday at the annual Ogidi-Ela Cultural Day celebration, Okumu council area of Kogi state.
The NDLEA boss who was the guest speaker at the event, told the celebrants that the measure is in line with the current administration’s desire to rid the country of illicit drugs and reduce the use to its barest minimum, if not completely eliminated, hence the agency is determined to do whatever is needed to crack down on the use.
“Be reminded ladies and gentlemen that President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute in his new thrust to purge urge the country of illicit drugs. The NDLEA is doing everything possible to meet up with Presidential Mandate to clean up our streets, towns and cities. That is why we have put in place various programmes with far reaching effects, one of which is drug integrity test.”
According to the NDLEA boss, the agency is set to integrate drug test as part-requirement for employment into any government ministry or agency. The move, according to him, is part of the measures being put in place for effective drug integrity test, adding that the measure will be extended to those getting married.
“If people are getting married don’t we ask them to do HIV test? Don’t you ask them to bring result of their Genotype Test? Now, if I put the question: How many (parents) want their children to marry drug addicts? Please raise your hands”.
In the nearest future, anyone seeking employment into any government industry or ministry, parastatal or agency; or seeking admission into tertiary institution; or even getting married must first have to do drug test because it’s no to drugs” he said as no one raised a hand.
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