Governor of Kano Abdallahi Gandujé recently directed all candidates for the Congress of All Progressives (APC) of executive board positions to undergo mandatory drug testing.
Ganduje also authorized similar drug tests for local government candidates, those nominated by politicians, and members of the state’s executive council (before they were given portfolios).
Marwa commends the governor of Kano state for initiating and implementing drug testing for political office holders and calls on other state governors to follow suit, reports NAN.
“We have requests from the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), the Infantry School, where we were able to perform drug tests on their warrant officers.
“We did this to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and to the Independent Commission on Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offenses (ICPC)” said Marwa.
The NDLEA boss also prescribes drug tests before marriages and for college students.
“For example, we believe that higher education institutions should perform drug tests for their students before they start school or when they return from vacation.
“If they are positive, it will affect their progress in school. The test will help us find out who needs help early enough before the situation gets worse.
“It’s the same line of thinking, that in Nigeria, like everywhere else in the world, when you are young, after you have finished school and found a job, the next thing is marriage.
“Since in Nigeria we do a genotype test, we voluntarily do an HIV test before marriage, why can’t we add a drug test to the list, so that it propels further reduction in prevalence?
“Anyone who is HIV positive will reduce their expenses because their future wife, husband or in-laws may not be comfortable.
“We think that by reducing, he or she will stop the habit or the future in-laws will come together to help”, he says.