Ahead of the All Progressives Congress (APC) state congress scheduled for October 16, all contestants into party executive offices are to go for a mandatory drug test.
The State’s Commissioner for Information, Muhammad Garba, said yesterday that all contestants are to visit the state office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) by 7:00 am, starting from yesterday (Tuesday, October 12) to the day of the closing of the screening exercise for the test.
Garba, who said the decision was part of government policy to rid Kano of illicit substances, warned that no contestant would be screened without undergoing the mandatory drug test.
He said similar tests were carried out for contestants in the local government elections as well as political appointees including members of the State’s Executive Council before offering them portfolios.
Garba said Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has mandated the state office of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA), for the conduct of the tests.
The Commissioner further disclosed that government would not hesitate to take necessary disciplinary measures against anyone found with a trace of illicit substance including a compulsory recommendation for rehabilitation.
He pointed out that during the conduct of similar tests on contestants for the local government election, no fewer than 13 councillorship candidates were disqualified and replaced based on a report by the NDLEA, after they tested positive for drugs.
Garba said the Ganduje-led administration has been passionate about fighting illicit drug trafficking and abuse and has instituted programmes aimed at curtailing drug abuse.
The Commissioner said the measure include setting up and streamlining activities of the state Task Force Committee on Illicit Drugs, which had intercepted and destroyed drugs worth billions of naira.