The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) on Friday decorated Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Lagos branch, as Ambassador of War Against Drug Abuse (WADA).
The anti narcotics agency noted that the decision was part of efforts to reinforce its partnership with NURTW to tackle illicit drugs across Lagos State.
Musa said that both groups strengthened their partnership when the NDLEA Lagos commander, Mr Callys Alumona, led the agency’s management on a courtesy visit to Mr. Akinsanya, during which he was decorated as ambassador.
He said that the War Against Drug Abuse and illicit trafficking would be more effective through the collaboration.
“The NURTW is critical in the war because they are service contractors, who provide transportation for human beings, goods and services in the country,” he said.
“The union must conduct proper check on all loads in their vehicles before embarking on any trip.
“These merchants of illicit drugs mostly use vehicles to transport the illicit goods across the country and even beyond.”
The spokesperson said he is aware that the union cooperates with NDLEA, but would like the cooperation and relationship to continue in respect of tackling illicit drugs.
In his response, Akinsanya promised to continue to sensitize stakeholders in the transportation circle about the danger of convening such illicit goods and services.
“No member will do such again to make quick money, knowing that when the law catches up with the person the end is not good.
“Such persons will go to jail and the vehicle will be forfeited to the government,” he said.