BY PRINCELY ONYENWE,IMO
Information revealed to 9News Nigeria stated that the magnitude of trafficking and abuse of illicit substances in the country is alarming and therefore call for a highly motivated workforce to stamped down its surge.
On Monday 31-95-2021 I ABUJA NIGERIA, the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) decried the high level of drug abuse in Nigeria.
Speaking during the bi-monthly meeting and award ceremony of outstanding NDLEA officers in Abuja, the Chairman of the agency, retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, noted that the situation needed committed NDLEA personnel.
He said that the call of duty for the NDLEA operative was twice as demanding, given the country’s dire drug profile which is nearly three times the global average.
Marwa added that the magnitude of trafficking and abuse of illicit substances in the country called for a highly motivated workforce of anti-drug officers and men who were strongly committed to the fight.
“It is in light of this, that any act or gesture that is in appreciation of their effort is a veritable morale booster for the anti-drug operative.
Such a gesture will Galvanise them to further dedicate themselves to the job,” he said.
Marwa said that there was no gainsaying that motivation was crucial to achieving productivity, organisational efficiency and how to ensure a lot workforce.
He said that motivation had been part of his leadership style and it was aimed at assuring the officers that the agency was appreciative of all the efforts that had been put in the work.
Officers were rewarded by the agency for their outstanding performances between March and April.
The Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos Command and the Ondo State Command were the co-winners of the March and April best performing commands.
However, the NDLEA BOSS hinted that such a singular step he took has informed the strategic decision, among others, to institute a bi-monthly assessment of Best Performing Command Award to motivate Drug officers and men.
He told our reporters that some of the criteria used to determine award winners include arrest and seizures, bravery, rejection of financial and other inducements; and assets and financial investigations of the command.
Others include management of seized assets, drug demand reduction activities, convictions, innovations and synergy with other security agencies.
“Selected officers of FCT, Kogi, Ondo, Murtala Muhammad International Airport, Lagos; and Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja were recognised.
“Others recognised were officers from Kano and Kaduna commands.
According to Marwa who stated that this is the first of its kind, however maintained that when he took over in January, he made it a cardinal objective to find ways of motivating the NDLEA personnel to go the extra mile required.