May 18, 2016, 1:04 PM
The association has recently organised a two-day training on drug abuse and trafficking at Bakindik Lower Basic School.It was attended by representatives from the NDLEA and other officials.
The president of BYDA Ebrima Jallow said the association is ready to further strengthen the already existing relationship they have with the NDLEA to fight the menace of drug.
He applauded NDLEA for “restless efforts and dedication” towards the elimination of illicit drugs in The Gambia.
Mr Jallow said The Gambia government has done a lot to empower the youth but factors such as drug abuse, unprecedented illegal migration to Europe are hindering the efforts.
He said BYDA decided to dedicate the first day of the two-day youth forum on sensitising participants about the negative effects of illicit drugs particularly on the productivity to the society.This is in cognizance of the high rate of drug abuse among youth and its negative consequences on The Gambia.
“As I said before, the promotion and protection of youth is a collective responsibility and no contribution to this cause can ever be small,” the BYDA president said.