President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has intervened to save the positions of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) boards.
Previously, the president had approved the immediate dissolution of the governing boards of all federal government parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies on Monday night.
However, a statement released on Tuesday by Willie Bassey, the Director of Information in the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, clarified that the NDLEA and NAFDAC boards were exempted from the dissolution.
According to Mr. Bassey, Sen. George Akume, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, specified that the boards of the NDLEA and NAFDAC were not affected by the dissolution directive.
“Further to the directive on the dissolution of Boards of Federal Government Parastatals, Agencies, Institutions, and Government-owned Companies, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation has clarified that the Boards of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration & Control (NAFDAC) are exempted from such dissolution.”
With this development, the current chairman of the NDLEA, Buba Marwa will continue running the affairs of the anti-drug agency.
It is rumoured that the president retained Buba who was a former governor of Lagos state not only for the success recorded leading the agency but his loyalty to him over the years.
Buba was Lagos state governor between August 1996 to May 1999. His three-year tenure in the state was accompanied by strategic programmes.