President of Gambia, Adama Barrow, has commended Nigeria’s commitment to the war against illicit drug trafficking and abuse, even as he called for more collaboration among anti-drug law enforcement agencies in Africa and the world at large.
Barrow spoke at the State House in Banjul when he received Chairman/Chief Executive of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Buba Marwa, rtd, who was in the country to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, with the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of the Gambia, DLEAG, on cooperation in combating illicit production, manufacture, and trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and their precursors.
Speaking on the occasion, Barrow commended the decision by the NDLEA to sign the agreement with DLEAG, noting that such arrangements would strengthen and intergrate ECOWAS member states especially in the area of war against drug trafficking and abuse.
His words, “drug cartels work as a network and are linked; as such, institutions fighting them must also partner and work together. The whole of Gambia has an important guest in Gen. Marwa who we have heard so much about his leadership traits.
“Nigeria has been helpful and supportive of the Gambia in various forms and we are grateful. The signing of this MoU between NDLEA and DLEAG is a clear indication that Nigeria is more than willing to partner with us. His coming to Gambia is an indication of Marwa’s personal commitment to the war against drugs and I believe the agreement will benefit both countries because drug use is a national threat and big security issue, and without security no nation can progress.”
Earlier, Marwa had expressed happiness that Gambia is a willing partner in the fight against drug cartels in the West African sub-region.
According to him, “We are facing enemies of the worst grade and so we need all the support and partnerships at the national, regional and international levels.”
Marwa further said that the successes recorded so far by NDLEA since January till now were made possible by the political will of President Muhammadu Buhari to stamp out the twin evils of illicit drug trafficking and abuse from Nigeria and his continuous support for the work of the NDLEA.
He was accompanied on the trip by Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Gambia, Muhammed Manu and other top officials of the agency.