THE House of Representatives is set to debate a bill seeking to make compulsory, drug testing for politicians and security agents in the country. The bill was sponsored by the Chairman, House Committee on Narcotic Drugs, Mr Francis Ottah Agbo.
According to him, the purpose of the bill is to empower the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to carry out compulsory and routine drug tests on those seeking election into public offices.
While speaking on Monday, September 13, 2021, Mr Agbo said; “I’m proposing a bill to empower the NDLEA to carry out a mandatory and routine drug test on politicians seeking public offices, top public servants, military and paramilitary officers and men, and for youths seeking admission into higher institutions. This will check excesses, madness in the country and sanitize the system.
“Narcotic drug addiction is common among our people across the board; from secondary schools to the universities; from North to South; from politicians to the civil servants etc. Indeed, Nigeria is the highest abuser of illicit drugs and cannabis is the most abused drug in our country.”
Mr Agbo, in a statement signed by his media aide, Mr Andrew Agbese, also affirmed that the “menace of drug addiction has pervaded all segments of the society and only drug integrity tests on people in critical service sectors can sanitise the system.”
He mentioned that the misbehaviour of some political office holders as well as most of the crimes committed in the society is drug-induced, adding that such situations would be avoided in the future if those involved are ascertained to be free from illicit drugs use.