Chairman of the National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), Brig.-Gen Buba Marwa has disclosed that on assumption of office, he had to buy furniture and television set for his office asa result of the agency being poorly funded.
Marwa made the revelation on Wednesday, during the NDLEA 2022 budget defence before the House of Representatives committee on Narcotics in Abuja.
According to the the NDLEA boss, poor funding had been the major setback for the effective operations of the 32-year-old agency.
He told the committee that the agency which has 10,000 staff strength with 173 formations across the country in addition to the headquarters, gets a paltry N33 million monthly as overhead to run all the commands’ operations.
The NDLEA boss, who made a comparative analysis of overheads of organisations, said agencies such as the EFCC with 2,800 staff strength gets over 300 million monthly as overhead; ICPC with 800 staff strength gets N151 million monthly; NFIU with 500 staff gets N75 million monthly while NDLEA with 10,000 staff strength gets N33 million monthly as overhead.
He said poor funding of the NDLEA would affect the agency’s efforts in dealing effectively drugs war and its attendant effects on national security.
Marwa then urged the House Committee to support the agency in pushing for an improvement in funding to address critical areas of needs of the agency for better performance.
Chairman, House Committee on Narcotics Drugs, Dr Francis Ottah Agbo, while commending Marwa for his efforts in the fight against drugs in the country, assured that the committee will interface with the chairman of the Appropriation Committee to ensure an improved funding for the agency to enhance its operations.