Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State on Tuesday supervised the destruction of illicit drugs, expired and adulterated packaged foods worth over N380 million.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reported that the items were intercepted at various places within Kano City by the state Task Force on Drugs.
The drugs were destroyed at the premises of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agents (NDLEA) in Kano.
Ganduje described the exercise as a breakthrough in the state government’s war against the sale and consumption of illicit drugs in the state.
He said that his administration attached importance to the fight against drug abuse.
“That was why I directed that all political appointees must go through drug test. All my Commissioners, Permanent Secretaries, Advisers, Heads of Agencies, among others, were tested. NDLEA is here to testify that.
“Because we are determined in this fight, that is why we said we must institutionalise the effort. A bill is before the state assembly on Drug Administration Agency.
“We want to have a strong institution for that. But then, we are not usurping the responsibilities of other federal agencies saddled with this responsibility.
“We are only complementing their efforts. That is why, when established, the agency would work hand in hand with the federal agencies to achieve drug-free society,” Ganduje said.