The Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, Col. Muhammad Abdallah (retd), says President Muhammadu Buhari has approved recruitment of 5,000 personnel for the agency to boost its manpower.
Abdallah said this on Friday at the Public Destruction of Drug Exhibits by Taraba Command of NDLEA in Jalingo.
He said it would go a long way in improving operations of the agency on campaign against drug addiction in Nigeria.
He said increased consumption of illicit drugs among the youths in Taraba was worrisome, appealing to families to live up to their responsibilities.
According to Abdallah, effective drug prevention must involve positive engagement of children, youths and adults with their families, schools, workplace and community.
He commended Governor Darius Ishaku of Taraba for his support to the agency in addressing drug problems in the state.
He also commended Mrs Anna Darius, wife of the governor, for giving great impetus to the war against drug abuse in the state.
The chairman thanked the governor for including NDLEA commandant in the state’s Security Council as well as supporting the agency with operational vehicles.
He noted that the provision of Hope Afresh Foundation, a Non-Governmental Organisation , managed by the wife of the governor for sensitisation against drug abuse was a great boost to anti-drug abuse campaign.