Francis Ottah Agbo, chairman of the House Committee on Narcotic Drugs and proponent of the proposed law, said he will introduce legislation to allow the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to conduct mandatory and routine drug tests on persons seeking election to public office.
According to him, the law also wants to subject all serving and aspiring security personnel, as well as candidates seeking admission to Nigerian higher institutions, to obligatory drug tests.
In a statement released Monday by his media aide, Andrew Agbese, the congressman said the threat of drug addiction has spread throughout society and that the only way to clean up the system is to conduct drug integrity tests on persons working in essential service areas.
He emphasized that this could have been prevented if individuals involved had been found to be drug-free.
“I’m proposing legislation that would allow the NDLEA to conduct mandatory and routine drug tests on politicians seeking public office, top government officials, military and paramilitary officers and men, and adolescents seeking admission to higher education institutions. This will put a stop to the country’s excesses and insanity, as well as sanitize the system.
“Narcotic drug addiction is widespread among our people, from secondary schools to universities; from the north to the south; from politicians to government employees, and so on. Indeed, Nigeria has the greatest rate of illicit drug abuse, with cannabis being the most often abused narcotic,” he stated.