By Aishah Saleeman
Wife of the Chief of Army Staff and president of the Nigeria Army Officers Wives Association (NAOWA), Mrs Salamatu Yahaya, has pledged the commitment of the body to work with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to ensure a drug-free Nigeria.
Mrs Yahaya stated this when she led a delegation of the executives of NAOWA on a courtesy visit to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa (Retd), at the Agency’s national headquarters in Abuja weekend.
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NDLEA’s director, media and advocacy, Femi Babafemi, in a statement yesterday said she commended Gen. Marwa for the extraordinary achievements recorded in the NDLEA under his watch and asked for collaboration in the fight against illicit drugs.
She said among the areas of partnership is the training of NAOWA members and staff in early detection and identification of substance abuse, as well as how to conduct drug prevention programmes. Others include measures to prevent drug trafficking and channels for reporting drug activities.
In his response, Marwa thanked the NAOWA president and her entourage for the visit. He commended the association for the laudable initiatives under the leadership of Mrs Yahaya which have transformed the association.
He equally asked the organization to join the agency in promoting drug tests for intending couples before marriage. He added that fear of testing positive will deter potential drug users from getting involved with drugs. He promised to support NAOWA in its proposed drug enlightenment efforts through training.