17 November 2020 By Aisha Adesanya
The House of Representatives has kicked against the request for over two billion naira by the National Drugs Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, to procure a building for its National Headquarters in Abuja.
Disagreeing with the request, the Chairman House Committee on Drugs and Narcotics, Francis Agbo said the meagre funds available to the Agency in the proposed budget should be channeled to more important needs as purchasing a building would take a large chunk off the available funds.
The Committee members who accused the Agency of ineffectiveness in its core mandate, said that the NDLEA boss appeared to be more concerned with the purchase of the building than pursuing its core mandate.
They also queried why the entire budget, had no provision for items regarding the core mandate of the agency, which includes sensitization and advocacy against drugs and narcotics.
Earlier in his presentation, the Chairman, NDLEA
Mustapha Abdulahi, ,told the lawmakers that the Agency had been occupying a rented property since the headquarters was moved to Abuja from Lagos hence the need to buy a befitting property in Abuja.
He added that relocation of the headquarters to Abuja, had made the administration and corporate activities of the agency effective and convenient.
The committee however advised that the agency approach relevant Agencies of Government to allocate to it one of the seized property which the government is already planning to sell.