The Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Ahmadu Giade, on Wednesday, retired from the agency after 10 years meritorious service.
Giade, who served two term, handed over to the Director- General (D-G) of the Agency, Mrs Roli Bode-George, in a parade at the Ikoyi headquarters, Lagos.
The chairman, after inspecting the guard of honour during the handing over, received the lowered NDLEA flag and presented a new flag to the acting Chairman.
Giade said, “I am leaving the agency better than I met it 10 years ago. My greatest legacy is my zero tolerance for corruption.
“If we must continue to dislodge drug barons and eradicate drugs from our society, we must remain forthright and committed to drug control programmes.
“I am leaving behind a legacy of proactive and intelligence-led organisation. The agency under my watch has a representative at INTERPOL headquarters and has successfully raised the international profile of the country through unprecedented seizures of drugs and arrest of drug barons,” he said.
Speaking on some of the achievements recorded during his 10 years of service, Giade cited the removal of Nigeria from the drug majors list by the United States government and the cordial working relationship of the agency with stakeholders.
“The removal of Nigeria from the majors list opened doors to a robust cooperation and partnership with stakeholders.
”NDLEA has witnessed unprecedented training programmes for officers sponsored by U.S. Government, Germany, Spain, France and the European Union.”
He also urged the new acting chairman to continue in the fight against drug barons and to take officers welfare as a priority.
In her response, Bode-George said that the agency would continue to enforce the rules of engagement and uphold the tenets of integrity.
”NDLEA will continue to be proactive and operate as an intelligence-led agency.
”The Agency will apply modern techniques and diligently implement the National Drug Control Master Plan in collaboration with stakeholders,” she said.