Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Col. Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah (rtd) has pledged Nigeria’s continued partnership with the United States in the fight against illicit drugs.
The NDLEA boss gave the assurance during a working visit to the agency’s headquarters by top officials of the United States Government led by James Allen, Regional Director, US Drug Enforcement Administration and Alexander Arvizu, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).
The purpose of the visit is to welcome the new NDLEA boss, congratulate him on his appointment and also seek his cooperation in the war on narcotic drugs.
According to James Allen, “I wish to congratulate you on your appointment as the NDLEA Chairman. We had a good working relationship with your predecessor and I wish to seek your cooperation in counter narcotics programme. Nigeria is very strategic in the fight against drugs in Africa and we need to sustain our partnership”.
Abdallah assures the delegation of continued partnership with the United States Government.
In his words, “let me assure you that nothing has changed in Nigeria and United States partnership in drug control. Apart from sustaining our existing fruitful and cordial relationship with the United States, I am willing to enhance our collaboration to the next level. Mr. President is deeply committed to the war on drug trafficking organizations and I will go beyond where my predecessor stopped in reducing drug production, trafficking and abuse”.
The NDLEA boss stated that he would lead regional efforts at eradicating illicit drugs.
“Effective drug control demands collaboration with international partners. If we must win this fight, we must look beyond securing our respective countries and form alliances. I will lead regional cooperation and work with other governments in the region. Every opportunity to move ahead of drug cartels must be exploited as we strengthen our regional control strategies” Abdallah stated.
He commended American government for their assistance in capacity building, logistic support and exchange of intelligence among others.
The chairman was particularly thankful for the intelligence Data Centre that was established with the support of the United States government. In his words, “it is worthy of mention that the NDLEA can boast of a centralized Intelligence Data Centre which is a shift from analogue to digital intelligence processing system. This has made record keeping and retrieval secured, cost effective and repositioned for intelligence-led drug control”.
In his response, Alexander commended Abdallah for his commitment and looks forward for a better cooperation.
“I am pleased with your strong words of commitment to our partnership. You have come out so strongly and in unequivocal way on the sustainability of our partnership and I will communicate your position to our home office and partners” Alexander stated.