By Our Reporter
The Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege has called for an increased in the funding of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in tackling drug abuse in the country.
Senator Omo-Agege, who decried the growing trend of drug abuse among the youth, also called for the establishment of more rehabilitation centres across the country.
The Deputy Senate President spoke when he hosted two associations, which include ‘League for Societal Protection Against Drugs and Sexual Abuse in Nigeria’ and the ‘Youth and Poor Association of Nigeria’ led by Amb. Mariam Hassan.
This was contained in a statement made available to journalists and issued by Mujahid Zaitawa, Senior Legistlative Aid to the Deputy Senate President.
The lawmaker expressed concern over the ugly trend of substance abuse, calling for concerted effort to curb the menace.
“I agree with you that the funding of NDLEA is inadequate. This is a very serious issue. And they provide very serious services. We need to make everyone understand how important it is and give them adequate funding.
“We will look into the issue. If there is no way to achieve early release of appropriated funds to the agency, then we may look at the option (First Line Charge) you articulated just like we are doing for the Universal Basic Education Commission.
“But before we do that, I think we should explore to see if we can ensure early release of funds for them.
“Kano will get more rehabilitation centres because it appears to be the epicenter of this challenge.
“So, you have the backing of the National Assembly to address this concern.
“You can count on the National Assembly to do everything to bring this issue to the spotlight,” he said.
On her part, Amb. Hassan lamented inadequate funding of the NDLEA, appealing for the lawmakers to place the agency on First Line Charge.
She expressed worry over the increasing rate of drug abuse among the youth which, according to her, is responsible for the upsurge in the rate of crime in the society.