Buba Marwa, chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has revealed that President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the construction of barracks for operatives of the agency.
The NDLEA boss revealed this to state house correspondents on Friday, after briefing President Muhammadu Buhari on the activities of the agency at the presidential villa in Abuja.
He said “I raised the issue of barracks. The NDLEA has been in existence for 32 years. All other agencies — armed forces, police, customs, immigration, road safety — all have estates and barracks, except the NDLEA; we still don’t have barracks,”
“And now, considering the hazardous nature of the work that we do — the dangers in it — we arrest and jail the criminals and then live among them.
“When you send operatives to go into the forest, to go after the criminals, they will be encouraged if they know that their own families are secured in a barracks somewhere.
“So, clearly, we got a positive response from the commander-in-chief and we are very grateful for it, and we look forward to the execution as soon as it is practicable.
“Another thing we talked about was the issue of recruitment, considering the size and responsibilities before us, and we also again received a listening ear. We are very grateful.”