Over 100 officers have been killed in the line of duty

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) at the weekend dedicated an award presented by a Lagos chapter of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) to its officers lost in the line of duty.

Ahmadu Giade, NDLEA Chairman, said the agency?s over 100 fallen heroes were deserving of the award of excellence for zero tolerance on drug trafficking presented to the agency by the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) chapter of the NUJ, on the occasion of NUJ/FRCN Lagos Chapel 2012 Press Week.

Receiving tdhe award on behalf of the anti-narcotic agency, Daniel Ismaila, Director of Administration and Finance, said the award  was memorable for its significance to the country?s drug control efforts.

?The essence of awards is to recognise excellence and encourage others to work towards recognition. Every society that desires development must rise above obsolete culture of impunity and strike a balance between awards and punishment,? he said.

He added that the Agency could surpass its past records with more financial support.

?Drug barons are daily seeking better and more efficient ways of smuggling narcotics. The NDLEA must rise to the demands of latest technology in tackling the drug problem,? he said.

One of the awadrd organisers, Bimbo Oyetunde said the awardees were honoured ffor giving hope to many people.

?The awardees of today were carefully selected going by their giant strides towards the socio-political and economic growth of our dear country,? she added.

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