Former Military Governor and chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has news for politicians and those aspiring to public offices, but they would not like it.
The NDLEA boss wants drug integrity test to be made mandatory for the aforementioned categories of Nigerian.
Marwa spoke with NAN on Monday, saying the idea behind the call for the test “is to reduce the prevalence of drug abuse” in the country.
He called on state governments as well as ministries, departments, and agencies to consider conducting drug tests on public office holders.
But not just politicians and public office holders should be tested, he also recommended the test for students seeking admission into higher institutions, those returning from vacation and intending couples.
He said: “We need to think out of the box with the situation we face to reduce the use of drugs, especially to reduce the use of drugs for our youth, who are the bulk users of drugs.
“For instance, we feel that tertiary institutions need to do drug test for their students before they start school or when they are returning from holidays. If they test positive, it will affect their progress in school. The test will help us know those that need help early enough before it gets worse.
He commended the Kano state governor for initiating and implementing drug tests for political office holders and called on other state governors to emulate him.
“We have a requests from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the School of Infantry, where we were able to carry out drug tests on their warrant officers. We did that at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation and the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission,” he said.