As part of measures to fight drug abuse in the country, a Nigerian lawmaker and member of the green chamber has proposed a bill that will support compulsory drug test on politicians as well as security officials in the country so as to sanitise the system.
The Chairman, House Committee on Narcotic Drugs and sponsor of the proposed bill, Francis Ottah Agbo, said “he will sponsor a bill to empower the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to carry out compulsory and routine drug tests on those seeking election into public offices.”
The bill according to Francis Ottah Agbo also seeks to subject all serving and intending security personnel as well as candidates seeking admissions into tertiary institutions in Nigeria to mandatory checks on drugs.
The lawmaker, in a statement Monday by his media aide, Andrew Agbese, said the menace of drug addiction has pervaded every nook and cranny of the society and only drug integrity tests on people in critical service sectors can sanitise the system.
He noted that the misbehaviour of some political office holders as well as most of the crimes committed in the society is drug-induced.
He stressed that this would have been avoided if those involved had been ascertained free from illicit drugs.
“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,” he said.