The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency on Monday took its campaign against drug abuse to motor parks in Federal Capital Territory where it requested a synergy with the National Union of Road Transport Workers to rid motor parks of illicit substances.
The Chairman/CEO of the NDLEA, Col. Mustapha Abdallah (retd), represented by the Commander of Narcotics, Joyce Awogbuyi, a deputy director, said during a sensitisation programme at the Zuba Motor Park in the FCT, Abuja, said, “Many youths engage in the consumption of illicit drugs in various motor parks across the nation. Therefore, we must work together to put an end to this menace in the society.”
In his response, the National President of the NURTW, Suleiman Dansaki, said, “The prevalence of drugs in our motor parks is based on the proliferation of illegal motor parks in many parts of the FCT. These motor park operators allow many of these illegal activities such as drug abuse in order to generate revenue for their government without looking at the dangers of these to the society. The NDLEA needs to be encouraged to continue to rid the public of these dangerous drugs.”
A representative of Agora (traditional ruler) of Zuba, Alhaji Kassim Mohammed, commended the NDLEA for its campaign against illicit drugs.
In his goodwill message, the Divisional Police Officer in Zuba, Sanni Fodio, a chief superintendent of police, said his administration was seriously working with the NDLEA “to curb the excesses of drug merchants and abusers in the area.”
While delivering a lecture on the rehabilitation of drug victims, the NDLEA Deputy Commander of Narcotics, Inalegewu Ameh, said, “Those who sell and abuse hard drugs in motor parks are risking the lives of many innocent passengers.”
He called on the NURTW management to ensure that the collaboration between both establishments was maintained to ensure that errant drivers were not allowed in the motor parks.