Nigeria’s National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and Saudi Arabia’s General Directorate of Narcotics Control (GDNC) have agreed to strengthen their partnership in the fight against trafficking of illicit drugs between both countries.
This was the highpoint of discussions between the Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohammed Buba Marwa (rtd) and representative of GDNC, Colonel Naser Hajid Al Otaibi, in Abuja.
While welcoming the Saudi official, Marwa expressed appreciation for the support received from Saudi authorities in the past.
He said: “Considering the need for an enduring partnership, we propose a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the two agencies in combating trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and its precursors to GDNC for consideration and signing just like we recently did with the Drug Law Enforcement Agency in the Gambia.”
He said Nigeria takes the war against drug abuse and trafficking very seriously, and that explains why President Muhammadu Buhari has been giving all the needed support to the NDLEA to actualise its mandate.
The NDLEA boss asked the Saudi government for support especially in areas of technical assistance and donation of equipment such as scanners, forensic laboratory and rehabilitation centres.
Speaking earlier, the GDNC representative extended an open invitation to Marwa to visit Saudi Arabia to deepen discussions on aspects of effective collaboration, an invitation the NDLEA Chairman accepted with the hope that such would provide the opportunity to sign the MoU on the partnership.