The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says strategies are currently in place to eradicate the use of illicit drugs, noting that job seekers will soon be subjected to mandatory drug test.

NDLEA chairman, Buba Marwa, who spoke at the yearly Ogidi-Ela Day cultural celebration in Ijumu Local Government Area of Kogi State said intending couples will also be required to run drug tests before tying the nuptial knot.

According to him, job seekers in both private firm and government parastatals will be required to do the test.

“In the nearest future, anyone seeking employment into any government-industry or ministry, parastatal or agency; or seeking admission into a tertiary institution; or even getting married must first have to do drug test.

“If people are getting married don’t we ask them to do HIV test, Don’t you ask them to bring (result) of their Genotype Test?” Marwa said.

The agency boss further explained that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari was bent on curbing the use of illicit drugs in the country, as the agency was making efforts to meet up with proposed programmes.

“Be reminded ladies and gentlemen, that, President Muhammadu Buhari is resolute in his new thrust to purge urge the country of illicit drugs. NDLEA is doing everything possible to meet up with Presidential Mandate to clean up our streets, towns, and cities.

“That is why we have put in place various programmes with far-reaching effects, one of which is drug integrity test,” he added.


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