‘Gov’t committed to combat organised crimes, illicit drug trafficking’

Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Ousman Ceesay, deputy permanent secretary at the Ministry of Interior has reaffirmed government’s continued commitment to fight organised crimes and drug related activities in the country, which compelled the government to ratify all the conventions related to drugs.

Speaking at the opening of a three-day ECOWAS-JAIDTOC capacity building workshop and drug sensitisation for journalists and representatives from various youth groups at the National Nutrition Agency (NaNA), on Monday, Mr. Ceesay emphasised the importance of the gathering, particularly at this stage of rigorous fight against drug.

“The Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) is using several strategies to ensure that people are well sensitised on the negative effects of drugs. This is manifested in the various community sensitisations and radio talk shows that the Agency is doing.”

Daniel Amankwaah, principal programme officer representing Ecowas resident representative in The Gambia said the severe impacts that illicit drugs have on health, development, peace and security and on every aspect of life, has been destructive. “It is important to remind ourselves that illicit drug trafficking, drug abuse and related organised crimes are obstacles to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. The drug menace has the ability to even erode the gains that have already been made by years of strenuous efforts.”

He said given its pervasive nature, it has been recognised that the drug menace cannot be successfully controlled without enlisting the support of civil society organisations, especially journalists and the youth at all levels.

Mr. Amankwaah said the programme is crucial in addressing the drug menace not only in The Gambia, but also in West Africa as a whole. “It imperative that drug abuse, illicit drug trafficking and related crimes are addressed at all levels.”

Spokesperson of DLEAG, Ousman Saidybah underscored the significance of the forum, saying that his Agency is committed to addressing drug related activities in the country, as it has been engaging the media and various youth groups in sensitisations that target to combat the menace in the country.

Author: Yusupha Jobe