*Commends 4 commands, 25 officers for outstanding 4th quarter performance
Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, Retd, has called on officers and men of the agency to make 2022 tougher for barons, cartels and traffickers of illicit drugs.
Marwa gave the charge in a meeting with Directors, Zonal Commanders, State, and Special Area Commanders in Abuja on Tuesday.
According to him, the anti narcotic agency is under obligation and poised to make the new year a very difficult one for drug barons, traffickers and cartels to operate in Nigeria.
Marwa, who used the occasion to give cash-based awards and commendation letters to four state commands and 25 officers for their outstanding performances in the areas of drug supply reduction, drug demand reduction and diligent prosecution of cases in the last quarter of the year, 2021, was full of encomiums for President Muhammadu Buhari for his constant support and encouragement to the NDLEA and its work.
“This Awards and Commendations ceremony is an attestation that the leadership of NDLEA is keeping its side of the bargain, to wit, to motivate the NDLEA workforce as a means of getting the Agency out of the rut in which it was stuck for years. It was to this end that we instituted, among other measures, the Bimonthly Best Performing Command Award, which after two editions was transformed into the Quarterly Awards. The transmutation notwithstanding, the objective remains to reward individual hard work and diligence of officers and to appreciate the collective effort of commands.
According to him, the figures of our Drug Supply Reduction activities have skyrocketed, with 11, 340 arrests and 1,111 convictions recorded in 11 months. These figures, he said, are balanced by an equally impressive Drug Demand Reduction statistics.
In particular, Marwa disclosed that the agency clunselled and rehabilitated 7,066 users on its facilities, adding that . He added that the agency successfully mopped up over 3.3 million kg of assorted drugs away from Nigerian streets, youths, criminals, terrorists and bandits.
“It cannot be gainsaid that the awards have not been successful. From all indications, our reward scheme has galvanized the NDLEA workforce as evidenced by our daily and weekly performance, which attracts national and international accolades. Just three weeks ago, at the ICPC 3rd National Summit on Diminishing Corruption in Nigeria, held on November 30, 2021, our officer was one of three distinguished Nigerians honoured by the President with the 2021 Public Service Integrity Award. That speaks volumes about the renewed work ethics within the Agency. With a sense of modesty, he deserves a pat on the back for the good work that earned him the national award.
“As for those hurdles that were the sources of stagnation and disenchantment, the leadership of NDLEA has dismantled most, if not all of them. We have made a case for a new salary structure; we have harmonised our rank structure and stagnated ranks through the promotion of 3,506 officers and men; we have rejigged our welfare scheme and now have a functional insurance scheme; we paid burial entitlements to the families of officers lost in the line of duty. We have practically doubled our strength in term of personnel in one year. We will be having barracks in the new year. Thanks to Mr. President. A whole lot of reforms are ongoing. We have not taken our hands off the plough. The management is working to cover lost grounds and restore the Agencys parity with other similar government apparatus