United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), Tuesday donated IT and evidence collection equipment to the Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia (DLEAG), at the agency’s headquarters in Pipeline. The funding was provided by the German Embassy in Dakar.
The agency’s deputy director general Alhaji Tijan Bah said they appreciate the support and thanked UNODC and German Embassy for the gesture. “We are grateful to all of you for being with us for the past years. This equipment will help the agency to stand on its feet because we are struggling to meet all our needs, Mr. bah said.
He said DLEAG have benefited a lot from UNODC and German Embassy in training and other services. He assured them that the equipment will be put into better use. “We are looking forward to a continued cordial relationship with UNODC and German Government through their country Embassy in Dakar.
Program Coordinator of UNODC Banjul office Andrea Vandom said the support was the final activity of the project called: Enhancing national capacity to detect and investigate cross-border organised crimes in The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Senegal.”
According to her, mandate of the UNODC is to support member states in implementing measures to comply with the UNCTOC and the three international drug control conventions.
“UNODC has been present in West Africa for more than 25 years through our regional office for West and Central Africa based in Senegal,” she said.
She said West Africa remained a region vulnerable to and affected by transitional organised crimes, saying current threats included the use of the region as a transit area for Cocaine and Heroin.
Christian Rumplecker, deputy head of Mission of the German Embassy in Dakar said peace and freedom are at the center of German government foreign policy. “Africa is a continent full of opportunities and its demographic development, wealth of natural resources and growing middle class has the potential to give rise to growth of markets in the near future.”
She said German is a major development partner to The Gambia and they will continue to support the country in areas where support is needed. “This year, we will start cooperation with our Gambian partners with a new programme worth 16 Million Euro.”