Why FG Approved N5.16bn to build 192 flats for NDLEA Operatives

Paschal Emeka, Abuja/ March 23, 2023.

The Federal Executive Council, FEC, on Wednesday, approved the sum of N5.16 billion for the construction of two accommodation facilities comprising 192 flats of various room capacities for personnel of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency.

In view of the impressive successes of NDLEA in the war against narcotics warlords, the accommodation facilities, according to the FEC would enhance the security of the operatives.

The facilities to be built in Abuja would take the two contractors 60 weeks to complete.

The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed this to State House correspondents after this week’s Council meeting chaired by the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Malami said the approval was primarily on the security and safety of the NDLEA’s Narcotics Superintendents and Assistants whom, he said, have come under attack due to their increased anti-drug campaigns.

The campaigns, he said led to 18,940 arrests, N40 billion worth of hard drugs seized and 2,904 convictions between the first and third quarters of 2022 alone.

However, the gains have made NDLEA personnel real targets for vindictive drug lords, he said.

The approval comes six months after Council okayed N580.50 million for the purchase of four armoured vehicles for the Agency last September.

At the time, NDLEA had just recovered N194 billion worth of cocaine from an Ikorodu warehouse on September 19, 2022. The biggest drug bust in its 33-year history.

Wednesday’s development also comes exactly one year after the Council approved the sum of N1.07 billion for the procurement of eye-scanning lie detectors and night-vision goggles for NDLEA’s war on drugs.

It brings the total amount of contracts approved for the agency since March 2022 to N6.81 billion.

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