The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has been charged with crushing drug cartels across the country by newly promoted officers and men.
The charge was given by Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Rtd), Chairman and Chief Executive of the NDLEA, while newly promoted Deputy Commanders General of Narcotics and Assistant Commanders General of Narcotics were decorated.
He gave the charge during a ceremony to decorate newly promoted Deputy Commanders General of Narcotics, DCGNs and Assistant Commanders General of Narcotics, ACGNs.
Femi Babafemi, Director, Media and Advocacy of the NDLEA in a statement on Thursday noted that Gen. Marwa had on Thursday 17th June, 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.
According to the statement, this followed a report by the harmonisation committee he instituted soon after assuming leadership of the agency in January to address the issues of low morale and stagnation in the career path of personnel.
Babafemei in the statement explained that, “After due consideration of the recommendations by the committee, the NDLEA Chief Executive approved the immediate promotion of 2,910 officers between the rank of Narcotic Assistant I and Superintendent of Narcotics, while 596 others between Chief Superintendent of Narcotics and Assistant Commander General of Narcotics were recommended to the Board of the Agency for elevation to their next ranks, a recommendation that was approved by the Board on Wednesday 16th June, 2021”,
Addressing the newly-promoted DCGNs and ACGNs during their decoration in Abuja, Gen. Marwa said the exercise is part of efforts to ensure that the nations anti-drug war succeeds.
The statement quoted Marwa as saying, “Any clog in our wheels, well destroy and must be crushed.
“This war must be pursued relentlessly, the entire country mobilised and we must succeed”.
He then charged the topmost officers to go all out and crush the drug scourge in every part of the country.
The qnti-narcotic Boss attributed the success so far recorded by the Agency to the support of President Muhammadu Buhari who graciously approved payment of liabilities and entitlements owed staff for years and also burial expenses due to families of deceased officers since 2015.
He also assured officers and men of the Agency that their welfare and care will continue to remain uppermost under his leadership.