By Nicholas Kalu, Abuja
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has cautioned job scammers who have created a fake recruitment portal to extort money from unsuspecting members of the public.
Principal Staff Officer, Public Affairs, Jonah Achema, in a statement on Friday, said there is no fresh recruitment exercise going on.
He said the agency is yet to resume the screening exercise suspended recently in order to comply with the requirements of Presidential Task Force on COVID-19.
“Members of the public are warned to be wary of the activities of these scammers. All prospective applicants will be duly communicated once the screening exercise resumes. It is also important to note that NDLEA would not ask for any fee from any applicant,” he said.
Meanwhile, members of the House of Representatives from the North East zone have assured the agency of their support to rid the nation of illicit drugs.
They gave the assurance during a courtesy visit to the new Chairman/Chief Executive of the Agency, Brig. General Mohamed Buba Marwa, rtd, in Abuja.
Member representing Michika/Madagali Federal Constituency of Adamawa State, Zakaria Dauda Nyampa, led the delegation of members from Gombe, Taraba, Bauchi, Yobe and Borno states.
He said the work of the NDLEA requires continuous review of anti-drug legislations and that the House members from the zone will rally support for expeditious legislative action whenever the need arises.
Nyampa who is from the same constituency as Gen. Marwa said the group was on the visit to congratulate Marwa and assure him of their support for the Agency.
He said Marwa’s appointment was well deserved and that Nigerians are convinced that Marwa would deliver on the mandate of the Agency.
“We have followed your career footsteps as a State Governor, soldier and diplomat. You brought your experience to bear on all these positions and you excelled. NDLEA is not going to be an exception and we are beginning to see your efforts in the last three weeks. We are confident that you will not disappoint. Just know that your people are solidly behind you”, Nyampa noted.
Marwa thanked the lawmakers for the show of solidarity and promised that the unacceptable drug use trend in the country would be reversed speedily.
“The task ahead of us is daunting. But we need to tackle it aggressively. We need to rescue our younger ones including women and children who are most vulnerable”, Marwa said.
“According to the statistics at our disposal, the North East is not any less affected by the drug menace. In fact, the Zone is the 4th worst affected zone in the country. We all need to work together to change the narrative,” he urged.