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NDLEA promotes 5,042 personnel


The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Brig. General Mohammed Buba Marwa(rtd) has approved the promotion of a total Five thousand and Fourty Two personnel

According to a statement released by the agency’s Director, Media Advocacy, Femi Babafemi on Wednesday, the exercise saw two officers moved to the rank of Deputy Commander General of Narcotics, 22 as Assistant Commander General of Navrotics and 66 others as Commander of Nacrotics.

Babafemi noted that the promotion followed after weeks of examination and interviews conducted for the qualified candidates.

According to the statement, the Chairman of the Agency in Abuja at the ceremony for the decoration of the newly promoted officers said “I am pleased to say that we continue to wax stronger on this journey we embarked on three and a half years ago when we decided to turn around the fortunes of this agency, by improving our performance as a precursor to reversing the perilous drug use situation in our dear country, Nigeria.

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“On this occasion of the 8th edition of the commands’ awards and commendations ceremony, we have every reason to be thankful because our performance continuously justifies our conviction in Offensive Action, WADA and other reforms that we undertook. For our modest efforts, we have received plaudits at home and abroad. What that means is that we have to do more. The reward for work well done is more work, and in our case, we cannot rest on our oars until all the objectives of our mandate are fully achieved. May I remind us that the bottom-line is a drug-free Nigeria.

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“On our part as management, we are trying to keep the motivation going, by ensuring that we provide everything necessary to make this work safe, secure and conducive for everyone working in this Agency. Our new barracks in Adamawa, Abuja and Lagos are almost complete and will be commissioned soon. The recent promotion of 5, 053 officers speaks volumes about our dedication to prompt and timely promotion of officers. It is symbolic of our effort to break the jinx of stagnation, which was once an albatross for our personnel.

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“To further enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of our operations, we are creating five strategic commands in Lagos, FCT, MMIA, Apapa and Tincan. Also in this regard, we’ll be deploying body cameras for the use of our officers on strategic operations for the purpose of ensuring their safety and the integrity of such operations.”

The statement further noted that the Marwa urged the officers to continue to be diligent and upright in the discharge of their duties noting that the commission will not take lightly any incident of infraction and indiscipline from them.