The Chairman, House Committee on Narcotic Drugs and sponsor of the proposed invoice, Francis Ottah Agbo, mentioned he’ll sponsor a invoice to empower the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to hold out obligatory and routine drug exams on these in search of election into public places of work.
He famous that the invoice would verify the continued “madness and sanitise the system.”
The invoice, he mentioned, additionally seeks to topic all serving and intending safety personnel in addition to candidates in search of admissions into tertiary establishments in Nigeria to obligatory checks on medication.
The lawmaker, in an announcement Monday by his media aide, Andrew Agbese, mentioned the menace of drug habit had pervaded all segments of the society and solely drug integrity exams on individuals in essential service sectors can sanitise the system.
He famous that the misbehaviour of some political workplace holders in addition to many of the crimes dedicated within the society is drug-induced.
He confused that this could have been averted if these concerned had been ascertained free from illicit medication.
“I’m proposing a bill to empower the NDLEA to carry out a mandatory and routine drug test on politicians seeking public offices, top public servants, military and paramilitary officers and men, and for youths seeking admission into higher institutions. This will check excesses, madness in the country and sanitise the system.
“Narcotic drug addiction is common among our people across the board; from secondary schools to the universities; from North to South; from politicians to the civil servants etc. Indeed, Nigeria is the highest abuser of illicit drugs and cannabis is the most abused drug in our country,” he mentioned.