– Governor Rotimi Akeredolu is in Thailand with the NDLEA boss to learn how to legally grow cannabis and make revenue for Ondo state
– Akeredolu says the plan is to ensure that his state cultivates cannabis to help in the health sector
– The governor argues that apart from the revenue it would generate, it would also provide employment for thousands of youth
The governor of Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu, on Tuesday, May 14, confirmed that he was in Thailand with Muhammad Mustapha Abdallah, the head of the Nigerian Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NLDEA).
The trip, Legit.ng learnt, was for the Nigerian team to undergo a study of how to legally grow cannabis for medical purposes.
Akeredolu said his vision was to ensure that farming it officially to earn revenue for Ondo state.
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According to the governor, with an estimated $145 billion to be made from the cannabis farming in 2025, Ondo, being the hot bed of its cultivation would be shortchanging itself if it does not partake in the farming.
“We all know that Ondo state is the hot bed of cannabis cultivation in Nigeria. We know how to grow it and it thrives well in the Sunshine state. With an estimated value of $145 billion in 2025, we would be shortchanging ourselves if we failed to tap into the legal marijuana market.
“Our focus now is medical marijuana cultivation in controlled plantations under the full supervision of the NDLEA,” he said while imploring the federal government to take it seriously as it is a thriving industry that would create thousands of jobs for the country’s youth and spur economic diversification.
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) recently said no fewer than 9,824 arrests were made for drug-related offences at various ports and border posts across the country in 2018.
The NBS said this in the Drug Seizure and Arrest Statistics for 2018 posted on its website.
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