spokesperson of Drug Law Enforcement Agency The, Gambia, (DLEAG), Ousman
Saidybah, has stated that plans are in pipeline to set up drug free clubs in
schools across the country.
“This will help educate and inform students on pertinent issues and matters relating to drug abuse, illicit drug trafficking and related crimes and transnational organised crime,” he said.
PRO Saidybah was speaking to our reporter recently as the Public Affairs and Drug Demand Reduction Unit of the Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) returned on a weeklong regional schools sensitisation tour. The team engaged selected schools within the Upper River (URR), Central River (CRR) and the Lower River Regions.
“If you follow our programes, you will realise that of recent, our activities have mostly been concentrated in the Urban Centers. However, there is need to engage the rural communities and schools as well because drugs know no boundary of region, ethnicity, religious or political affiliation,” he stated.
He said the public particularly youths are challenged with regard to misinformation on issues relating to drugs. Students, he said, are equally challenged with regard to issues at schools, homes, communities and from friends, families and other associates.
DLEAG PRO said drug abuse affects students’ academic performance and personal development. “Through engagement of this nature, we are able to clear their doubts and stimulate their interest to do more research and engage in meaningful activities.”
He called on the public to join the bandwagon in the crusade on drugs by reporting drug related activities and equally engaging the youths and providing a safe and healthy environment for them to grow and nurture their potentials.