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15 Gambian Narcotics Officers leave for training in Turkey

Mar 7, 2011, 12:04 PM | Article By: Momodou Faal

The Turkish military adviser to The Gambia, ColonelMahmutCaglayan, last Friday held an orientation briefing  at the Fajara Military Barracks for 15 officers of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), who have already left the country to attend  a one-week training course in Turkey on General DrugLaw Enforcement Administration .

Speaking at the briefing session, Colonel Caglayan said the fight against drugs is an ongoing process, adding that "the Gambia government is doing its best" in the fight and control of illicit drugs.

He also used the occasion to thank President Yahya Jammeh for footing the air ticket bill of the officers to Turkey to the tune of D700,000.

"The training will further strengthen the knowledge base of the anti-narcotics officers on how to control drugs," he said.

For his part, Commissioner Essa Sarr, Commissioner responsible for human resources and training at the NDEA, thanked the Turkish government for the support they have been giving to  the agency  over the years, saying that in 2006 they had a similar training offer from the Turkish government.

He urged the officers to make good use of the opportunity given to them.

At the end of the orientation session, acting-Commissioner Ebrima Jallow delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of his colleagues.

The NDEA officers left Banjul for Dakar on Saturday, and proceeded toTurkey yesterday.