From Lateef Dada, Osogbo
The National Drug Law Endorsement Agency (NDLEA) has described Osun State as one of the cannabis producing state in Nigeria.
The agency stated this while destroying narcotics weighing 24.486 tons in the State.
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The state Commander, NDLEA, Yomade Ogunbiyi, disclosed that large numbers of cannabis farms have been destroyed in the state, adding that the accumulated ones from the last five years include cannabis sativa and psychotropic substance.
He noted that the court had ordered that the drugs, which are exhibits, be destroyed since 2020, noting that the agency is still intensifying efforts to ensure that cultures of cannabis production are totally eradicated in the state.
He disclosed that the agency was making serious efforts to launch its War Against Drug Abuse (WADA), a national programme launched by the president during the June 26, 2021 celebration.
He said: “A total of 24,86 tons of assorted drug exhibits is being destroyed today. As you are aware, public destruction of exhibit is stipulated in the act which established NDLEA (CAP N40LFN as amended).
“In 2017, 3,335.311kg were seized; in 2018, 1148.5kg; in 2019, 2,424.587kg; in 2020,1,006,532kg; and in 2021- January till date- 3,001.44kg have been seized.
“Osun State is one of the cannabis producing states in Nigeria. Lots of the farms were destroyed in the years past. Efforts is seriously ongoing to eradicate the culture of cannabis production in the state. However, all hands should be on deck for it to come to reality.”
Chairman/Chief Executive of NDLEA, General Mohammed Buba Marwa (retd), commended the state command of NDLEA, saying the magnitude of drugs coming out of the farmlands was not a thing of joy.
Represented by the NDLEA Director, Operations and General Investigation, Adeyemi Adeofe, Marwa said the burning of over 24 thousand tons of various exhibits became necessary as part of the efforts to reduce the crime rate in the society.
Buhari passes verdict on El-Rufai: What is it?
President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday continued the inauguration of projects executed by the Kaduna State Government, with stops at Zaria, heaping encomiums on Governor Nasir El-Rufai saying, ‘‘I am pleased to be associated with your successes and initiatives.’’
Speaking at the palace of the Emir of Zazzau, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, the President noted that within the context of scarce resources and prevailing economic reality, the Kaduna State government has done well for the people.
‘‘As they say in Hausa ‘Gani ya Kori ji’ (seeing is believing),’’ he said.
The President, who is on a four-day official visit to the State, had on Thursday commissioned projects in Kafanchan and Kaduna metropolis in the State.
On Friday in Zaria, the northern senatorial district of Kaduna, the President inaugurated the remodelled Sabon Gari market with 3,400 shops; the Circular road with two spurs on River road and Kufena road; and the Queen Elizabeth way.
At the Sabon-Gari market, President Buhari, while appreciating the governor for rebuilding one of the oldest markets in the State and paying compensation of over N300 million to traders, jocularly said he would consider opening a consultancy service in the market, where a ‘‘Presidential Block’’ is named after him.
In his remarks, Governor El-Rufai recalled that in August 2019, the President was in Zaria to commission Phase 2 of the Zaria water project, providing a basic amenity that was not available for residents of Zaria for over 30 years.
‘‘Our State is an agricultural State and this Emirate is associated with farming. We know Mr President’s passion for agriculture and we are grateful you appointed a son of the State to head the Federal Ministry of Agriculture.
‘‘We look forward to more agricultural interventions in the State,’’ the Governor said, pledging that the people of Kaduna and their elected representatives will continue to stand by the principles and values associated with the President: honesty, integrity and commitment to public service.
The Emir of Zazzau thanked the President for the intervention of the Federal Ministry of Health in providing a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine at Ahamdu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH), Zaria, in line with the desire of the people of Zazzau.
‘‘Today our people don’t have to travel to Kano, Sokoto or Abuja for medical screening with MRI machine,’’ he said.
The first class traditional ruler commended Governor Nasir El-Rufai for the Urban Renewal Projects embarked upon by his administration, acknowledging that the Emir of Zazzau’s Palace which has been in existence for centuries, was a major beneficiary of the projects.
‘‘We will be grateful if Mr President will thank and bless our Governor for the gigantic legacy project ongoing in the Place. Equally, Zaria people have benefitted in other areas like road construction and bridges which have expanded road networks as well as decongested traffic significantly,’’ he said.
On security, the Emir, while acknowledging the efforts of the government, solicited for more intervention by the Federal Government in the area, noting that Zaria emirate is a gateway to all the States in the North West as well neighbouring Niger Republic.
Police, NSCDC to enforce Delta anti-open grazing law
The Delta State Police Command, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps and other sister agencies have pledged their commitment to enforcing the anti-open grazing law in the state.
Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta State had signed the anti-open grazing bill into law and consequently inaugurated the Delta Livestock Management Committee.
The security agencies made the pledge when the Commissioner for Agriculture /Natural Resources and DLMC Chairman, Mr Julius Egbedi, led its members on a consultation visit to the various security agencies on Thursday in Asaba, the Delta State capital.
The Commissioner of Police, Delta Command, CP Muhammed Ali, assured the committee of the Command’s support, just as he called for synergy and collective action.
He said, “I am pleased to hear that the committee has been in touch with the traditional rulers, the Miyetti Allah group, farmers and other critical stakeholders and still consulting before the full implementation of the law.
“The biggest task is in the enforcement of the law and the police can’t do this alone.
“We pray that the various communities would cooperate and allocate lands to cattle dealers to graze their cattle.
“We need to support each other to succeed; the governor that I know is prepared and I want to assure you that the project will work.
“I want to assure you that the support you need, you will get from this office.”
Also, the State NSCDC Commandant, Akinsanya Iskilu, said his men are ready to provide the needed security support to ensure peace in the state.
He said, “One of the core mandates of the NSCDC is the agro-rangers; it is to provide physical security to agro-allied industries which include protecting farmers and herders as they carry out their businesses
“A nation that neglects agriculture has neglected development because every development revolves around agriculture.”
On his part, the Assistant Director General of DSS, Ademola Adebiyi, also called for synergy among the various security outfits and assured the committee of intelligence report vital to promoting and sustaining peace in the state.
Earlier, the Commissioner said that the visit was to intimate them of the existing Livestock law and to seek their support for a peaceful implementation to ensure that the herders and farmers in the state go about their businesses without conflict.
He said that since the setting up of the committee by Gov. Ifeanyi Okowa, the DLMC has been on consultation visits and meeting with critical stakeholders.
“We have met with traditional rulers, the Miyetri Allah and farmers in Asaba and recently in Ughelli, in Ughelli North Local Government Area on a peace-meeting with the Uwheru community and herders but the herders we met are not those in the forest.
“This peace move became necessary to educate them on the law and to stop the situation in Uwheru from degenerating into crisis because, some time ago in Uwheru community, 10 persons were killed in the crisis,” he said.