Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje ordered the state Works Ministry to ensure the completion of the National Drug Control Agency (NDLEA) rehabilitation center in the state.
Ganduje gave the directive on Wednesday when he received the new NDLEA Commander in the state, Alhaji Isa Likita.
The Governor said: “I wonder how the rehabilitation center project initiated by the state government within the NDLEA facility has not yet been completed.
“The Ministry of Works will study the issue so that we can complete the rehabilitation center. I know the one with NDLEA right now is overcrowded.
“We also have a rehabilitation center in the Kiru local government area that we expanded not only for rehabilitation but for empowerment.”
He praised the new NDLEA commander for the success he had in his first two weeks in the state, especially the discovery of three cannabis sativa farms.
The governor said additional strategies would be developed to combat drug abuse in the state, and said it would involve stakeholders and the use of public illustration.
The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that the state is complementing the fight against drug abuse and cannabis sativa cultivation through a task force committee.
Earlier, the new NDLEA commander said the purpose of the visit was to inform the governor of the agency’s success in the short term of his inauguration.
According to Likita, within the period, the command has been able to discover three cannabis sativa farms in the Gwarzo, Danbatta and Ungogo local government areas (LGA) of the state.
“Cannabis sativa is grown there in commercial quantities.
“At Gwarzo, we discovered 375 cannabis sativa plants. Whereas in Danbatta and Ungogo, the amount was not like that of Gwarzo. All these farms were cultivated using irrigated agriculture.
“Just yesterday (Tuesday), we were also able to discover two houses where they are growing the same exhibition for personal use, but not in the usual way of smoking that we all know.
“These people use it for cooking, for tea, and in other ways. It is a great concern for anyone who wants the development of the state.
“We also seized two tons of the same exhibit and made arrests while the suspects made their way to the state.
“They distribute them in the state, neighboring states and in the Republic of Niger,” Likita said.