President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has exempted the boards of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC).
Recall that on Monday night, the president approved the immediate dissolution of the governing boards of all federal government parastatals, agencies, institutions, and government-owned companies.
However, on Tuesday, a statement issued by Willie Bassey, Director Information, Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, in Abuja stated that the NDLEA and NAFDAC have been exempted from the dissolution.
According to Mr Bassey, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sen. George Akume, has clarified that the boards of the NDLEA and the NAFDAC are exempted from such dissolution.
“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 said 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. He was succeeded by Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the present president of the country.