The House of Representatives says it will not back up whatever bill to legalise marijuana in Nigeria.
This was made known by theChairman of the House Commission on Narcotics, Francis Agbo, when the Chairman of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Buba Marwa appeared before the commission for budget defence.
Agbo said the commission is considering an amendment to the NDLEA bill to ensure adequate funding for the agency.
He disclosed that the 9th Assembly will not back up whatever bill to legalise marijuana in Nigeria, and called for tougher sanctions against drug peddlers.
“We are not supporting the so-called legitimization of Cannabis. This commission is not fronting for that bill, is not proposing that bill because we know rattling clearly that Nigeria is a heavy user of Cannabis,” he said
He added that “So whether there is so much insanity, killings and so on in the country at present, whether we legitimize Cannabis, the insanity would quadruple.”
Marwa solicited to a greater extent funding for his agency to address drug traffickers. Noting that traffickers are using boats to take in drugs.
He added that the Ministry building of Finance is yet to create provision for payment of salaries of 5,000 recruits in the 2022 proposed budget.
The commission, so, assured Mr Marwa that the NDLEA bill will provide adequate funding for the agency.
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