The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), and the Nigerian Shippers’ Council(NSC), have build a tie to combat smuggling of Tramadol and other illicit drugs into the country.
During a visit to the headquarters of the NSC in Lagos, Omolade Faboyede, NDLEA director in charge of seaports, stated that illegal drugs have found their way into society through the seaports.
He criticize the high importation of Tramadol into the country and called on stakeholders operating at the seaports to help in stopping the importation of illicit drugs.
In the areas of arresting and prosecuting drug smugglers, The Executive Secretary of NSC, Hassan Bello, commended the efforts of the NDLEA.
Hassan Bello, who was represented by the Director, Legal Services of the Council, Samuel Vongtau, said the creation of the seaport operation is coming at the time when youths are no longer productive due to drug abuse. He added that with the taking-off of the office, the operations of the agency would be felt more by Nigerians.
“We consider the NDLEA as one of our strategic partners in the improvement of the port sector now that the issue of drugs abuse is really ravaging our society.
“The Nigerian Shippers’ Council is ready to collaborate with you in the course of your operations at the ports. We have many areas that we can collaborate such as Port Steering Committee which is working toward bringing efficiency and transparency at out ports.”
The Council will be implementing its Cargo Tracking Note (CTN) this year according to the Executive secretary, saying that when operational, it will involve an open declaration of cargoes at the port of origin to ascertain their contents. This he believe will simplify NDLEA’s operations at the ports.