Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has revealed that all his commissioners as well as other appointees have undergone a mandatory drug test.
DAILY FOCUS reports that Mr Ganduje said this on Tuesday during the destruction of fake drugs and expired food products worth ₦380 million by the Kano command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency.
Mr Ganduje said the appointees were tested in line with the policy of his government which he said attaches high priority to the fight against drug abuse.
“That was why I directed that all political appointees must go through drug test. All my commissioners, permanent secretaries, advisers, heads of agencies, among others, were tested. NDLEA is here to testify that,” he said.
According to him “Because we are determined in this fight, that is why we said we must institutionalise the effort. A bill is before the State Assembly on Drug Administration Agency.
“We want to have strong institution for that. But then we are not usurping the responsibilities of other federal agencies saddled with this responsibility.
“We are only complimenting their efforts. That is why, when established, the Agency would work hand in hand with the federal agencies to achieve drug-free society”.
No going back on relocation of Sabon Gari drug market
Mr Ganduje also vowed to relocate the Sabon Gari open drug market to Dangwauro village, which he said is more befitting for the traders.
“All drug marketers from Sabon Gari must relocate to the new market. Which satisfies the federal government policy on open market for drugs,” he said.
“Whoever has any complaint should come to my office and report. But to complain on trivial issues like the building is not fit for one’s business and other such issues, would not be tolerated,” the governor warned.
‘El-Rufai copying Ganduje on drug fight’
Earlier in his remarks, Commandant of the NDLEA, Kano office, Dr Ibrahim Abdul said Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State is copying Mr Ganduje’s method of fighting drug abuse.
“For a very long time, I came to know that it was only Kano state under Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje that we have Special Adviser on the Fight Against Drugs Abuse.
“But I learned that Kaduna state governor Malam Nasiru El-Rufa’i is copying from Gov. Ganduje in having Special Adviser on the Fight Against Drug Abuse also,” Mr Abdul said.
“When governor Ganduje assumed the mantle of leadership, Kano was the first in the list of states with drug abuse.
“But because of what the governor has been doing to safeguard his state, Kano is now the 6th state in the list. This is highly commendable by all standard,” he added.