Buba Marwa, Chairman and Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has said the current drive to conduct drug test on students, workers and politicians in the country, is to urgently provide help for those who need treatment and rehabilitation.
He also stated that the push will serve as deterrent to others.
Marwa said this Friday in Abuja, while signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a firm, Primly Services Limited, for the supply of free drug test kits to the NDLEA in Abuja.
The NDLEA chairman expressed happiness that the MoU was finally signed almost three years after the Federal Government approved the deal.
“At the centre of drug demand reduction is testing. “Practically, all Nigerians should be subjected to drug test – politicians, students, workers and all. We have set the ball rolling at the agency because charity begins at home. This will enable us know those afflicted, who need treatment and rehabilitation,” he said.
“Equally, it will deter drug abuse because if you know that the result of a drug test will hamper your progression in school, political career or at work, it will deter you. In the same vein, we expect parents to make sure their children don’t get married to addicts by insisting on drug test before marriage.”
Marwa also expressed delight in the readiness of the managing director of Primly Services Limited, Vincent Udenze, to always contribute to efforts to rid Nigeria of illicit substances.