The Nigeria Customs Service (NCS), the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the Maritime Workers Union of Nigeria (MWUN) as well as other agencies and operators in the Nigerian Maritime industry have committed to work together to rid the ports of drugs.
This commitment was made recently at a Town Hall meeting held organized by Journalng, and held at the Rock View hotel, Apapa, Lagos.
President General of MWUN, Prince Adeyanju Adewale recounted how the union has met with the anti-drug agency on the need to partner for effective monitoring and surveillance on drug distribution, consumption and arrest of culprits.
According to Comrade Adeyanju the union will continue to look out for the freedom and wellbeing of all its members and maritime workers, it will disown any member found to be involved in drug related offences and smuggling; noting that the union will not relent in building capacity and network to achieve its pledge in other to make Nigeria better for everyone.
He said, “World drug report 2021 clearly shows that there is much work to be done to confront the harm inflicted by the use of illicit drugs on the health, development, peace and security of peoples in all regions of the world.
Also, the anti-drug agency boss who was represented at the town hall meeting by Ameh Inalegwu, new NDLEA Commander, Apapa port, listed offensive pharmaceutical seizures to include 74.119 kilograms (451, 807 tablets) of “jihadist drug” known as Captagon at the Apapa Port.
He said, “Drug abuse, like the motor accident does not just happen. It is caused by a number of factors such as availability, affordability and accessibility.