Nigeria has been elected to host the next conference of Heads of Drug Law Enforcement Agencies Africa, (HONLEA) in 2023.
This was the unanimous decision of the regional network at the close of its 2022 annual meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on Friday.
The move by other heads of anti-narcotics agencies in Africa to have Nigeria host the 2023 conference followed the country’s good relationship with others on the continent and the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, (NDLEA)’s exemplary performance in the renewed fight against substance abuse and illicit drug trafficking.
In the course of the weeklong conference, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NDLEA, Brig. Gen. Mohamed Marwa (Retd), led the Nigerian delegation in presentations on every item of the agenda for discussion.
The NDLEA boss shared Nigeria’s experience and successes so far recorded in the drug war as a result of bilateral and multi-lateral cooperation with other stakeholders in the country and partners at both regional and international levels.
On the sidelines of the conference, Marwa also led his team in bilateral meetings with his counterparts from Kenya, Gambia, Ghana and South Africa on areas of mutual interests such as intelligence sharing, joint operations, training and exchange programmes, among others.