President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the recruitment of 5,000 personnel for the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency to boost its manpower, its chairman Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd) said.
Abdallah made the disclosure on Friday at the public destruction of drug exhibits by Taraba Command of NDLEA in Jalingo.
He said that the recruitment would go a long way in improving operations of the agency and the campaign against drug addiction.
He said increased consumption of illicit drugs among the youths in Taraba was worrisome, appealing to families to brace up to their responsibilities.
According to Abdallah, effective drug prevention must involve positive engagement of children, youths and adults with their families, schools, workplace, and community.
He commended Gov. Darius Ishaku of Taraba for his support to the agency in addressing drug problems in the state.
He also commended Mrs. Anna Darius, wife of the governor, for giving great impetus to the war against drug abuse in the state.
The chairman thanked the governor for including NDLEA commandant in the state’s Security Council as well as supporting the agency with operational vehicles.
He noted that the provision of Hope Afresh Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), managed by the wife of the governor for sensitization against drug abuse was a great boost to anti-drug abuse campaign.
Earlier, Acting Commander of NDLEA in the state, Mr. Peter Odaudu, said that the agency assembled seven tonnes (6,963.80 kilograms) of deadly weeds and psychotropic substances for destruction.
Odaudu said that the exhibits were seized between January 2003 and December 2018.
He listed some of the illicit drugs assembled for destruction as Cannabis Sativa, Diazepam, Rophynol, Cough syrups with codeine and Tramadol.
According to him, a court order for their destruction was duly obtained.
In his remarks, the state governor, Mr Darius Ishaku, said that drug consumption has increased violent crimes in the state.
Ishaku, who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Alhaji Haruna Manu, said that most persons arrested for violent crimes in the state were youths.
He, therefore, urged the youths to avoid the use of illicit drugs, saying that it was dangerous to their health and society.