The Federal Executive Council has approved the sum of N5.16bn, on Wednesday, for the construction of two accommodation facilities comprising 192 flats of various room capacities for personnel of the National Drugs Laws Enforcement Agency, NDLEA.
The facility which will be located in Abuja would take the two contractors hired for the project 60 weeks to complete.
The Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, revealed this to State House Correspondents after this week’s Council meeting chaired by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Malami premised the approval on the security and safety of the NDLEA’s Narcotics Superintendents and Assistants whom, he said, have come under attack due to their increased anti-drug campaigns.
He said the campaigns led to 18,940 arrests, N40bn worth of hard drugs seized and 2,904 convictions between the first and third quarters of 2022 alone.
However, the gains have made NDLEA personnel moving targets for vindictive drug lords, he said.
The approval comes six months after Council okayed N580.50m for the purchase of four armoured vehicles for the Agency last September.
At the time, NDLEA had just recovered N194bn worth of cocaine from an Ikorodu warehouse on September 19, 2022. The biggest drug bust in its 33-year history.
Wednesday’s development also comes exactly one year after the Council approved the sum of N1.07bn for the procurement of eye-scanning lie detectors and night-vision goggles for NDLEA’s war on drugs.
It brings the total amount of contracts approved for the agency since March 2022 to N6.81bn.