SUPPORTS STIFFER PUNISHMENT FOR DRUG PEDDLERS, MANUFACTURERS
…Donates two Hilux patrol Vans to agency
Lagos State Governor, Mr Babatunde Fashola (SAN) on Monday received the Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade on a courtesy visit, expressing his support for his campaign to introduce stiffer penalties for drug peddlers, traffickers, manufacturers and all those who are involved in the illicit, dangerous and unhealthy trade.
The Governor who spoke at the Lagos House, Ikeja when he received the management team of the agency and also announced the donation of two Toyota Hilux vans to the agency, added that in taking a closer look at global insecurity in today’s world, it is impossible not to look at the major role that drugs play on the conduct and motivation of those who perpetrate crime.
He expressed the conviction that it takes some abnormality for anyone to go out and take human lives, stressing that oftentimes those who do it have done so under the influence of substances.
“For me not only must you lead the charge, every security agency must work with you. The first fight against crime must be to rid our society of illegal drugs. You must clean up the country against the presence and proliferation of harsh dangerous psychotropic substances.
“Wherever the business of hard drugs have flourished, arms have followed as a natural consequence. It is not a business for the weak hearted. This will explain the increasing proliferation of small arms”, he stresed.
Governor Fashola said the nations of the world should rather focus on the dangers small arms is posing daily instead of nuclear arms, adding that if one aggregates the number of people who have been killed through poisonous gases and nuclear capabilities they do not rank up to those killed through small arms proliferation.
He stressed that a safer world must be predicated on an unrelenting campaign against hard drugs and small arms as a starting point and thanked the management of the agency for the passion with which it is fighting the drug war.
Governor Fashola stated that the state is well aware of the limitations of the agency in Lagos in terms of its ability to be resourced and that this explains the decision to donate two vehicles to the agency through the State Security Trust Fund.
The Governor added that despite being a federally controlled agency, Lagosians would be too happy to extend additional support by the measure of results that they see from the NDLEA, saying: “we would be monitoring, this would be a result driven collaboration because the more you show us, the more you will see how extensive our support will be”.
Speaking earlier, the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Alhaji Ahmadu Giade, had reiterated the commitment of the agency to fight the scourge of drugs trafficking and peddling.
He stressed that it is noteworthy that Lagos which used to be a base for the production of illicit drugs which are not meant for consumption in Nigeria but for exports has shed that toga as the perpetrators have relocated outside the state.
Alhaji Giade said the challenges however still remains because the State has the potentials that drug traffickers and manufacturers like, such as a large population, the seaport and airport and proximity to the land borders.
He commended the State Government for the assistance it has rendered to the agency and pledged that it would remain committed to the collaboration existing between the agency and the state Government.
Among those who joined the Governor to receive the NDLEA team were the Executive Secretary of the State Security Trust Fund, Mr Fola Arthur-Worrey, the Secretary to the State Government, Dr (Mrs) Oluranti Adebule, Commissioners for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal, Science and Technology, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje, Information and Strategy, Mr Lateef Ibirogba and several other members while the team from NDLEA also included the director general and secretary, Mr Femi Ajayi, director of technical services, Mr Femi Oloruntoba and Lagos State Commander, Aliyu Sule.
The Executive Secretary of the Security Trust Fund, Mr Fola Arthur-Worrey later in company some members of the State Executive Council including the Commissioners for Agriculture, Prince Gbolahan Lawal and Science and Technology, Mr Adebiyi Mabadeje handed over the keys of the two Hilux vans to Alhaji Ahmadu Giade.