From Godwin Tsa, Abuja
Nigeria has been elected to host the next Conference of Heads of African Drug Enforcement Agencies, HONLEA, in 2023.
This was the unanimous decision of the regional network at the close of its 2022 annual meeting in Nairobi, Kenya this weekend.
The decision by other heads of counter-narcotics agencies in Africa to have Nigeria host the 2023 conference follows the country’s good relationship with others on the continent and the exemplary performance of the NDLEA. in the renewed fight against drug addiction and illicit drug trafficking.
Meanwhile, anti-nacortic agency president and CEO Brig. General Mohamm Marwa (Retired) held bilateral meetings with his Kenyan, Gambian, Ghanaian and South African counterparts.
A statement from Director of Media and Advocacy, Femi Babafemi, revealed that during the week-long conference, Marwa led the Nigerian delegation in presentations on every agenda item for discussion, where he shared the country’s experience and successes so far. recorded in the war on drugs as a result of bilateral and multilateral cooperation with other stakeholders in Nigeria and partners at regional and international levels.
On the sidelines of the conference, he also led his team in bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Kenya, Gambia, Ghana and South Africa on areas of mutual interest such as intelligence sharing, joint operations, training and exchange programs, among others.
The bilateral meetings also agreed on the establishment of technical working groups on both sides to work on memorandums of understanding that will formalize partnerships and working relationships.
Marwa had, in his discussions at the bilateral meetings, stressed the need to create new partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships between counter-narcotics agencies at the sub-regional and regional levels to make it difficult to traffic illicit drugs and the circulation of drug barons on the African continent.
Outdated news please. Femi Babafemi sent it to us on Friday and it was used as the lead story on page 27 of yesterday’s Saturday Sun.