.. We know it’s illegal and will remain as such- Gov
– As NDLEA moves to establish Zonal Command in Kano
NEWSDAILYNIGERIA– Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has faulted the planned legalization of Cannabis in Nigeria, considering the move as illegal hence difficult for the state to support it.
He said no legislator from Kano state would support the recent move from some quarters to legalize cannabis in the country.
The Governor in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Abba Anwar, disclosed this during a courtesy visit by the Executive Chairman of the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) Brigadier General Muhammad Buba Marwa (rtd), on Monday.
According to him “No legislator from Kano will dare support that move. While we are hell-bent in the fight against drug abuse, it cannot be possible from our part to support this idea. After all, it is even against our religion.”
“We all know that it is illegal and will therefore remain as such, as far as we are concerned. So be rest assured that we will not support the idea at all. We can’t give a helping hand in destroying our people. It is not possible,” he assured.
The governor reminded that, Kano used to be number one in the past with high number of cases in drug abuse, “But with the help of the Almighty Allah through our determination with the full support and cooperation of NDLEA, Police, DSS, Customs and Excise, Immigration, NSCDC, FRSC, our local transport agency KAROTA, vigilante groups and all other stakeholders, the position changed drastically.”
He made a philosophical analogy that, “Kano being the most populous state in the federation and the commercial nerve centre of Northern Nigeria and some West African countries, there is every likelihood that, the state would have more drug sellers and more drug users.
Drug supply and marketing take place more in the state than any other state in the federation. We have an International Airport and we also have other means of transporting market goods across parts of the country and across other African states.
But Alhamdulillah we are doing the best we can to deescalate the menace. And we are getting good results.”
The governor also promised that the state would allocate land to the Agency for them to build their barrack in the state. Assuring his administration’s support at all time.
On his part NDLEA Boss, Gen Marwa being impressed by fight against drug abuse in Ganduje administration among other factors, hinted that the Agency identified the state for the establishment of a Zonal Command of the Agency.
He commended that, “In the area of fighting drug abuse, Kano state government under your watch excels among other states of the federation. Kano was the first state to have drug test as a prerequisite for those occupying public offices.”
An idea, he advised many other states to copy from Kano. Explaining that, as he appreciated what the state is doing to NDLEA office in the state in terms of cooperation and the good partnership the Agency enjoys with the state government, he disclosed that, “We are establishing zonal commands across the country. Kano will be the Headquarters of one of the Zonal commands.”
“NDLEA is comfortable that Kano state is a worthy partner in the fight against drug abuse. We are also requesting for a piece of land for us to build our barrack,” he stated.
He concluded his remarks with commendation of the state government in the area of infrastructural development, particularly the flyovers he saw everywhere he went round.
“So also in the area of health, Kano state is doing well in this area. And in the area of security, the state has always been in the forefront. Your administration is doing extremely well in this area of security,” he said.