May 14, 2010, 1:16 PM
Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) in collaboration with Abuko Drug Free
Club, through Abuko Red Cross link recently convened a two–day training for
students of Abuko lower basic, Wellingara, St Perret’s and Old Yundum lower
Basic Schools on the effect of drugs on young people, peace and health.
Fatoumatta Jaiteh, peace ambassador at St Peters Upper and Senior Secondary School thanked the organizers for the initiative, which he added, is to sensitise young people about drugs in schools.
She made it clear that drugs has a very negative impact on the lives of young people, noting that it can cause lot of damage to human lung and heart as it shuts down the human brain.
She thus urged participants to disseminate the information in their respective communities and to sensitize their peers about the effects of drugs.
Adama Njie, president of the Drugs Free Club at Abuko lower basic school, recalled that the club was established by the Abuko Red Cross link and the Drug Law Enforcement Agency to sensitize schools on the effects of drugs in human especially young people.
‘Most of our school going children consume drugs especially cannabis which harms them and people around them including communities and the country at large,’ she said.
Ebrima Darboe, assistant coordinator of Drug Free Club assured the DLEAG that they would always shared what they’ve learnt from the training in their schools and communities.
Ousman Saidyba, public relations officer of Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia urged the participants to stay away from drugs as they have been sensitised on the negative impacts of drugs.