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Nigerian Football League Teams Up with Anti-Drug Agency

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Nigeria’s top football league, the NPFL, has announced a collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to conduct drug tests for footballers in the country.

The agreement was reached on Friday, when the chairman of the NPFL board, Hon. Gbenga Elegbeleye, led a delegation to visit the NDLEA chairman, retired Brig.-Gen. Buba Marwa, in Abuja.

The move is part of the efforts to curb the menace of drug abuse and doping in the sport, as well as to enhance the reputation and integrity of the league.

Why drug testing is important

According to Elegbeleye, one of the challenges facing the football industry in Nigeria is the issue of betting and the use of performance-enhancing drugs by some players.

He said that the NPFL board decided to seek the partnership of the NDLEA to help address this problem and to ensure that the players are clean and healthy.

He added that the drug tests would be random and would cover all the teams and players in the league.

“We are happy with your request for random drug tests for players. This is available in all our commands nationwide and we are ready to work with you in this respect. We are very ready to collaborate and support you in your quest,” Marwa said.

He also urged the league to mobilize star players to join the campaign against drug abuse and to serve as role models for the youth.

The benefits of the partnership

The partnership between the NPFL and the NDLEA is expected to have positive impacts on the quality and standard of the league, as well as on the welfare and well-being of the players.

By conducting drug tests, the league will be able to detect and deter any cases of drug abuse or doping among the players, and to impose appropriate sanctions on those who violate the rules.

This will help to promote fair play, professionalism, and discipline in the league, and to boost the confidence and trust of the fans, sponsors, and stakeholders.

Moreover, the partnership will also help to raise awareness and educate the players and the public on the dangers and consequences of drug abuse and doping, and to encourage them to seek help and support if they are struggling with addiction.

The partnership will also foster a closer relationship and cooperation between the football and anti-drug authorities, and to enhance the image and reputation of both institutions.

A step towards a drug-free society

The collaboration between the NPFL and the NDLEA is a commendable initiative that will benefit not only the football sector, but also the society at large.

By working together, the two organizations will be able to make a significant contribution to the fight against drug abuse and doping, which are serious threats to the health, security, and development of the nation.

The partnership will also serve as an example and inspiration for other sports and sectors to join forces and to take action against the scourge of drug abuse and doping.

As Nigeria strives to achieve its vision of becoming a prosperous and peaceful country, it is imperative that all stakeholders work together to create a drug-free society, where everyone can enjoy the benefits of sports and other activities without resorting to harmful substances.

Source: Vanguard 

 

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