The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission NIDCOM and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, is set to synergize towards the building of more rehabilitation centres in Nigeria.
The Chairman of NIDCOM, Abike Dabiri-Erewa stated this when she paid a courtesy visit to the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency NDLEA, Brigadier General Buba Marwa, Rtd in his office in Abuja.
Mrs. Dabiri-Erewa said with the alarming rate of drug abuse in the country, some Nigerians in the Diaspora have shown interest in building rehabilitation centres across the country but their major challenge was land and a lot of them are willing to offer free counselling services.
Chairman of NIDCOM explained that the visit to NDLEA became expedient against the backdrop of the Zainab Aliyu’s case of May 14, 2019 in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Zainab Aliyu was allegedly accused of drug trafficking and consequently sentenced to death but through the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari, facilitated by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, NIDCOM, Zainab Aliyu and Ibrahim Ibrahim were set free.
She expressed displeasure that the judgement on the matter was yet to be adjudicated, giving room for those culpable to walk about freely.
The Chairman, NDLEA, Brigadier Buba Marwa Rtd, who commended NIDCOM for its excellent public image and accomplishments, gave assurances that the airports are now more strict and efforts have been intensified to safeguard innocent citizens and reduce drug related incidence.
Brigadier Marwa welcomed NIDCOM’s initiative of building of more rehabilitation centres across the country with the support of Nigerians in the Diaspora in the area of sensitization and counselling against drug use, abuse and trafficking.