New appointees in Kano to undergo drug test - Governor Ganduje

New appointees in Kano to undergo drug test - Governor Ganduje

- Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has disclosed that new political appointees in his government will henceforth undergo drug test

- The Kano state governor said new appointees have to be clinically certified free from opium before being appointed

- The governor also stressed that his administration has concluded necessary arrangement to establish state-owned drug abuse agency

Kano state governor, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has disclosed that new political appointees in his government will henceforth undergo drug test and clinically certified free from opium before being appointed in the new dispensation.

Speaking when he received a delegation of presidential committee on drug abuse led by General Mohammad Buba Marwa (rtd.) on Thursday, April 4 at Government House, Kano, Ganduje stressed that from May 29, new appointments as special assistants, heads of agencies and commissioners will depend on passing the drug test.

Following concerns over abuse of hard substances in Kano, the governor stressed that his administration has concluded necessary arrangement to establish state-owned drug abuse agency to fight drug addiction.

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He said the establishment of the agency, which will complement existing institutions, is to further enhance activities of government’s Drug Reformatory Institute (DRI) originally set up for rehabilitation of drug addicts in the state.

Speaking earlier, General Marwa told the governor that Northern Nigeria has about 14 million out of school children, of which 10 million are Almajiris.

Marwa, who lamented that Almajiri children were gradually being lured into drug peddling, urged the Kano state government to create special education policy to enroll children in conventional system.

Meanwhile, the Kano state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) over the violence that marred the recently held supplementary governorship election in the state.

Kano PDP's chairman, Alhaji Rabiu Sulaiman Bichi distanced the PDP, Senator Musa Kwankwaso and its governorship candidate Abba Yusuf from any form of violence and act that compromised the electoral process in the state.

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Speaking to journalists in Kano, Bichi while reacting to the statement, said it was unfortunate that BMO took sides with Ganduje and his cohorts, accusing the governor of sponsoring thugs, buying votes and rigging the election.

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