*Says NDLEA Needs Improved Funding, Equipment
CHAIRMAN/Chief Executive Officer of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Buba Marwa, Retd, has said cried out about attempts by drug barons to lure the agency’s operatives with tempting offers.
Marwa made the statement in Abuja on Wednesday while appearing before the House of Representatives Committee on drugs and narcotics. According to him, the agency’s personnel are being tempted with inducements, including bribes, from drug barons due, in the main, to inadequate operational funding for the agency
“There are serious funding challenges and apart from being a detriment to our successful operations, there is another aspect of poor funding of an agency like the NDLEA,” he said.
“There is no business that is awash with funds anywhere in the world from unproductive efforts like the drugs business. They have billions.
“So, when you do not fund the agency, the personnel have temptation. They are tempted by these barons. This is another aspect of the need for adequate funding so that personnel have their monies.
“The proposal for 2022 is an improvement on the past budgets and this stems primarily from the keen interest of the president on the challenges that we are facing, and as well the minister of finance, who is committed to ridding the country of drug abuse.
“It is an improvement, but there are critical areas that need enhancement in which we would rely on this committee to support us.
“The usual MDA budget envelope allocated for the ministry of justice was what we all shared. The budget is a total of N38,152,288,851.”
Marwa added that there is a need for the agency to acquire more arms and ammunition to fight drug trafficking.