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DLEAG calls for collective efforts to make country a drug-free state

Feb 26, 2016, 10:38 AM | Article By: Abdou Rahman Sallah

The Drug Law Enforcement Agency-The Gambia (DLEAG) has solicited the cooperation of the general public in making the country a drug-free state, according to a press release sent to The Point.

“The office of the director general of Drug Law Enforcement Agency in The Gambia pursuant to section 95 (5) of the Drug Control Act hereby informs the general public that, the agency shall conduct a drug destruction exercise on Monday the 29th day of February 2016 at old Cape Point Road Bakau by 10:00 am,” the released said.

The exercise, according to the release, is conducted every year and the general public is invited to grace the public destruction of the drug, cases of which were dealt with by the courts.

The release added the agency would like to affirm to the general public that “it will continue to maintain its stance and apply all the enforcement mechanisms within its disposal and limits to achieve its objectives”.

It states: “Drugs do not know race, religion, nationality or wealth, and dealers are only after their personal gains and for those who suffer for their egocentric interest are not their concern.”

According to the agency’s public relations officer, section 15 (1) (g) and (1) (m) of the Drug Control Act will continue to educate and sensitize the general public on the dangers of illicit drug abuse and other related offences.

The release thanked President Jammeh, the security outfits and all stakeholders for the excellent relation and assistance they have continued to offer over the years.

“This is a time we want to maintain the momentum in the fight against drug abuse, fortify control mechanisms and help the people desist from same by filtering the messages,” the release stated.

The public is also reminded that the name of the agency has been changed from National Drug Enforcement Agency to Drug Law Enforcement Agency The Gambia (DLEAG) by virtue of the Drug Control Act (Amendment Bill 2014).