DLEAG boss urges religious leaders to help fight against drug trafficking

Thursday, November 01, 2018

Director General of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) has appealed to the country’s religious leaders to help his Agency in the fight against trafficking of drug and other illicit activities.

Bakary Gassama was speaking at a day’s sensitization convened for members of the Supreme Islamic Council (GSIC) at its office in Kanifing.

He pointed out that this not the first time they are partnering with GSIC in their quest to complement government efforts in making The Gambia a drug free nation.

Gassama recalled that a similar forum for GSIC members was held in 2016 designed to familiarize religious leaders with the DLEAG Act, for them to in turn sensitize their communities.

DLEAG, he said, is the leading government security institution mandated by law to regulate the use and possession of controlled drugs, illicit drug trafficking and abuse and their related matters, which he said, continues to pose significant threat to nations across the globe.

“We therefore want the religious leaders to continue the good work of talking to your followers in public places and various religious gatherings. The impact of illicit drug abuse is on the central nervous system is well known. It affects the way the user thinks and perceives things.”

   Alhaji Momodou Lamin Touray, president of GSIC underscored the significance of the forum, describing it as timely. He urged religious leaders to spread the messages so as to get the society free from illicit drugs and its related menace.

“There is lot of complication involved in drug and its related issues.”

The GSIC prexy called on his colleague imams and other religious leaders to be instrumental in sensitizing their communities on the negative impacts of drug related issues and to discourage young people from involving in drugs.

Author: Sanna Jallow