The Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) says it will build barracks for its 10,000 personnel in the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.

Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa (rtd. ), the agency’s Chairman, revealed this to the House Committee on Drugs, Narcotics, and Financial Crimes on Wednesday in Abuja.

Marwa said the agency had proposed N300 billion for the purpose, and that work on the project had begun with some architects and consultants.

With the 5,000 new personnel currently undergoing training, he said the agency’s personnel had grown to 15,000 people.

He said the agency had planned for the project’s first phase to begin in the country’s six geopolitical zones.

The former military governor of Lagos State has also called for increased funding for the agency in order for it to effectively combat drug cartel activity in the country.

He claimed that drug cartels had resorted to using boats to carry out their heinous crime because they were becoming wary of the country’s airports and Sme border.

According to him, more arms and ammunition are required; I am unable to reveal the current number in the presence of the media.

If the committee wanted to stop the peddling of illicit drugs in the country, the NDLEA director urged the committee to consider a significant increase in funding for the agency.

According to Marwa, the agency still needs to improve in a number of areas in order to be more effective in its operations.

Marwa commented on the lack of funding by saying that when he first took office, he brought his own television to the office because the one on the ground was broken.

“We are facing serious funding challenges, which are jeopardizing our operation’s success. “You expose the personnel to temptation when you don’t fund the agency,” he said.

Marwa, on the other hand, said that efforts were underway to transfer the agency’s budget from the Ministry of Justice to the Presidency for direct funding.

Rep. Francis Agbo, the committee’s chairman, expressed confidence that the chairman would turn the agency around.

Agbo promised that the committee would work to ensure that the NDLEA was treated as a top priority.

He stated that the country’s drug problem remained a major threat, and that the people and government needed to unite in support of the war on drugs.

Given the magnitude of the agency’s work, Agbo believes the N38.2 billion budget proposal for 2022 is insufficient.

Members of the committee will meet with the Committee on Appropriations to ensure that the appropriate appropriation is made for the agency, he said.