Abuja - The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Mohammed Adoke, has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment to eradicating drug trafficking.
The AGF made the promise on Thursday in Abuja while inaugurating the Governing Board of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA).
He said that the Federal Government was committed to providing the necessary support needed to curb unlawful cultivation, processing, sale, trafficking and use of hard drugs in the country.
``Your appointment as members of the governing board is coming at a time when the agency is grappling with the upsurge in the global production and trafficking of narcotic drugs.
``This trend has grave implications for Nigeria, especially as our country has regrettably progressed from a drug-transit nation to a drug-consuming nation, with all its attendant negative consequences on our youth and active population.’’
Adoke called on the newly appointed board members to ensure that the agency focused on addressing identified challenges in its fight against the sale and consumption of illicit drugs.
He said: ``I have no doubt that we have appointed the right calibre of people to reposition the agency for improved service delivery and optimum performance.
``The governing body is therefore, expected to provide overall policy direction for the agency in its effort to overcome this challenge.
``You must ensure that all the activities of the agency are conducted in strict compliance with the enabling legislation.’’
The Chairman of the NDLEA, Ahmadu Giade, said the abuse and trafficking in drugs had affected development in many areas.
He said that the appointment of the board was a step in the right direction, noting that the increased sophistication in the way and manner drug barons concealed drugs required practical solution.
``But with the inauguration of the board, the agency is assured of new ideas, expertise, exposure and experience of trusted and tested leaders.
``As the new board commences work, expectations are high that the agency will be gingered to greater achievements in drug control.’’