Chairman National Drug Law and Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, Brigadier General Buba Marwa on Wednesday said on assumption of office he had to buy furniture and television set for his office from his pocket, as he insisted the agency is poorly funded.
Marwa made this revelation during the 2022 budget defence of his agency before the House of Representatives Committee on Narcotics in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Marwa, drug addiction and trafficking is a major social and economic concern across the globe and Nigeria as a nation is not left out.
He said, “billions of dollars are been voted every year by these countries to fight the scourge as well as go into cross borders agreement to stop illicit trade from getting into their countries.
He explained that the agency is grossly under funded to the extent that on resumption as chairman of the agency, he bought his own television set and office furniture from his purse.
The former governor of Lagos State listed various areas the agency is lacking which includes inadequate funding to required arms and ammunitions, vehicles for operations, accommodation for staff and low budget for media and publicity to mention a few.
Members of the Committee however expressed their desire to assist the agency in everyway possible to function effectively and efficiently.
The committee also promised to render all assistance to ensure more funding for the agency to provide equipment and for the welfare of its personnel to enable operatives block access of illicit drugs in the country.