The Abdul Samad Rabiu Initiative (ASR Africa) has donated 25 utility vehicles valued at 500 million Nigerian naira to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) in order to bolster the agency’s operations in the fight against drug trafficking.
Ubon Udoh, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ASR Africa presented the vehicles yesterday in Abuja. He stated that the vehicles were donated as part of the initiative’s Cooperative Social Responsibility under its 2023 Security Sector Support Grant to the country’s security agencies.
He stated, “ASR Africa has a security sector support finance program through which we support the country’s security armed forces and other security agencies.
“The grant is a crucial component of our initiative because we recognize that we cannot accomplish development without a safe and secure environment. This is why we devote a great deal of effort to assuring that we provide assistance to the security agencies.”
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the NDLEA, Brigadier General Mohammed Buba-Marwa, Retired, stated that the vehicles will be put to efficient use in operational locations with the greatest demand for utility vehicles.
The support will enable the agency to carry out its mandate of eradicating illicit drug use, abuse, and drug trafficking in the country, he says, because “This is a task that we cannot accomplish alone; the entire society must work together to fulfill this mandate, especially considering the millions of Nigerians who are destroyed daily by drug use.
“Boko Haram insurgents, bandits, and militants all rely on drug use as their primary source of motivation. This will be a tremendous boost to our operations in all areas, as the vehicles will be dispersed throughout the country and sent where they are most required; they will not be kept in Abuja.”
Buba-Marwa thanked ASR Africa and Alhaji Abdul Samad Rabiu for their assistance. He concludes, “As he continues this service to humanity, the utilization of these vehicles will save millions of lives.”