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UN to partner NDLEA in fight against drug abuse, trafficking

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The United Nations has pledged its support to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency in Nigeria to combat substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking in the country.

The Deputy Secretary-General of the UN, Mrs. Amina Mohammed, affirmed this commitment during a courtesy visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig Gen Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd) at the Agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

NDLEA’s Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, conveyed the assurance through a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.

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Mrs. Mohammed, who hails from Nigeria, was accompanied by Mr. Mohamed Malick Fall, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Nigeria. She expressed the UN’s readiness to amplify the impact of NDLEA’s significant efforts in combating drug-related challenges.

She stated, “On behalf of the UN Resident Coordinator in Nigeria, we want to reconfirm our support from the United Nations to the work of this agency. It is extremely important, this is coming at a time where the challenges are more complex. The Chairman has spoken about the needs, and we are very pleased to hear that everyone is doing a very good job and we hope that we can increase the impact.”

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Mrs. Mohammed emphasized the multi-sectoral nature of the drug problem and highlighted the importance of addressing root causes. She underscored the agency’s role in upholding the dignity of individuals and expressed confidence in NDLEA’s commitment to its mandate.

“This is a challenge we will be here to support,” she affirmed, reiterating the UN’s commitment to collaborating with the Nigerian government to tackle drug abuse and trafficking.

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