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  • Updated: June 25, 2024

FEC approves $1.442m for arms, equipments to boost NDLEA’s operations

FEC approves $1.442m for arms, equipments to boost NDLEA’s

The Federal Executive Council (FEC) has approved a series of procurements amounting to significant financial investments aimed at bolstering the capabilities of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, in its fight against narcotics.

Following a FEC meeting, the Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF and Minister of Justice, Dr. Lateef Fagbemi, briefed Journalists at the State House in Abuja.

He disclosed that the council approved $1.442 million for the purchase of arms, ammunition and equipment specifically for the NDLEA's counter-narcotics operations.

In addition to the arms procurement, the FEC sanctioned two more significant allocations for the NDLEA.

These include N1.9 billion for the acquisition of 33 CNG-compliant Mikano Maxus E60 vehicles, to enhance the agency’s operational mobility. 

Further, the Council approved N985 million for the installation of two full-body scanners at major international airports, one at Murtala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos and the other at Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.

These scanners are intended to aid in the detection of contraband and enhance airport security measures.

Dr. Fagbemi emphasized the importance of these measures, stating, “We discussed several key items today, particularly in support of the NDLEA. The first is the procurement of 33 Mikano Maxus E60 motor vehicles, valued at N1.9 billion, which are all CNG-compliant. These vehicles will significantly boost the agency’s operational capacity.”

He continued, “The second approval concerns the purchase of arms, ammunition, and anti-riot equipment valued at $1.442 million for the NDLEA to strengthen their counter-narcotics efforts.”

“The third in the series is the procurement of two units of full body scanners at both Abuja and Lagos international airports to boost the operation of the NDLEA. This is at a cost of N985 million”, the Minister said.

Minister of State for Environment, Iziak Salako, who disclosed this at the post-FEC briefing at the State House, explained that the move is in line with the 2022 National Policy on Plastic Waste Management and demonstrates the government’s commitment to addressing the triple crisis of climate change, pollution, and biodiversity loss.

According to the Minister the ban aims to reduce plastic waste, which is a significant contributor to flooding, ocean pollution, and human health issues. 

“The Federal Ministry of Environment proposed and the Federal Executive Council approved that a ban be placed on the use of on-the-go plastics, what we know as single-use plastics, in all ministries, agencies and departments of the federal governments. This is in line with the 2022 National Policy on Plastic Waste Management.

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