By Ibironke Ariyo
Retired Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa, the Chairman, National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), has been recognised as the Transformational Leader of the Year by the Anti-Kidnapping, Human Trafficking, Child Abuse, and Drug Abuse Initiative.
Presenting the prestigious award in Abuja on Thursday, Primate Belonwu Ezeanyaeche, the Chief Executive of the organisation, applauded Marwa’s visionary leadership and the transformative reforms he has implemented to reshape the NDLEA.
Ezeanyaeche highlighted Marwa’s exceptional ability, determination, and unwavering commitment to excellence, noting that under his leadership, the agency has successfully curtailed the activities of drug dealers in the country.
The NDLEA, he said, has not only established new standards of excellence but has also become an inspiration for others.
“We were all born in this country and we know how things have being particularly the NDLEA operations, but since he came on board, he has transformed the agency.
“The spirit he impacted on the personnel both in intelligence and operations made the agency carry out it’s duties well in Nigeria in particular and also in Africa.
“This is not an easy task. NDLEA have been exclusively wonderful since the chairman assumed office.
“We are here to also motivate them to do more because they have made Nigeria proud,” he said.
Ezeanyaeche commended Marwa for his efforts in arresting numerous drug cartels and barons, including those previously deemed untouchable.
He emphasised that the transformation witnessed in the NDLEA since Marwa assumed office is commendable, acknowledging the positive impact on personnel and operations, not only in Nigeria but across Africa.
In response, Buba Marwa, represented by the Director of Media and Advocacy at NDLEA, Mr Femi Babafemi, expressed gratitude for the award.
Marwa highlighted the importance of stakeholders taking ownership of the fight against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.
He emphasised that the war against drug abuse is a collective responsibility and should not be left solely to the NDLEA.
Marwa sees the award as a motivating factor for organisations to support and stand up for the fight against the scourge, envisioning a drug-free society achieved through collective efforts.
“This is a pointer to other organisations to do their best irrespective of where they are operating from.
“It is a wake up call to them to stand up for the fight against the scourge, by this, we can achieve the great drug-free society we desire,” Marwa said. (NAN) www.nannews.ng
Edited by Chidi Opara/Maharazu Ahmed