Yesterday, the Kwara State Command of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) publicly burned 24.6 tons of the contraband they had seized.
A key accomplishment for the agency, according to the command, was the fact that 171 people had been found guilty based on the drugs that had been collected.
In Ilorin, the state capital, at a gathering to trash 24.6 tons of illegal narcotics, drugs, and psychotropic substances, State Commander, NDLEA Ibrahim Saidu said this.
He recognized the crucial contributions made by the state government and other parties in attaining such milestones.
For the best chance of success in the struggle against drug abuse, he pleaded with them to continue their support.
Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq said the administration would not relent in its partnerships with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Kwara State Command, in checking the menace of drug abuse.
“We all know the menace of drug abuse and addiction, and how it destroys families, communities and the State, to the extent that non-state actors are now using drugs as a form of investment and means to continue to perpetrate violence in the society,” he said.
“As far as the government is concerned, the issue of drugs in our society is huge and must be combated. That is why I had to re-arrange my plans to be part of this occasion to show that the government has a buy-in in it,” he added
AbdulRazaq expressed delight that Kwara which was in 2018 rated high as one of the states abusing drugs is now gaining strength in the control, promising to continue to support the State Command on advocacy campaigns.
“We know the job of the NDLEA Chairman across the nation is huge. We need to continue the advocacies. We will partner with NDLEA to sponsor programmes on Radio and Television stations to pass the message to our communities and so on,” the Governor added.