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German intervention is timely

Jun 21, 2010, 2:40 PM

The training of National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA) officials by the German Federal Police is indeed timely.

The training is being held at a time when the country is on the international spotlight regarding drug related matters.

We wish to commend the German Criminal Police through Madam Anita Martins, representative of the Federal Republic of Germany to the Gambia, for facilitating the training programme.

The participants of this important training should also endeavour to put into action what they have acquired from the seminar.

The trafficking in illicit drugs can only be combated through international partnership and collaboration and, as a result, we see this training as very relevant and timely.

Drug trafficking is one of the serious societal problems that has the potential of destabilising communities. It is a threat to international peace, and no country can be safe from it harmful effects.

Therefore, an integral approach, which allows people and nations to share their knowledge, skills, resources and experience in combating the menace, is indeed necessary.

It is only when our local officials are armed with the required skills and knowledge that they would be better prepared to fight against the menace of drug trafficking.

Drug trafficking has far-reaching effects, ranging from the presence of gangs and gang-related violence to the impact of drug money in poor neighbourhoods, coupled with its devastating effects in destroying societies and the economy.

With this and other harmful effects of drug trafficking, there is a need to wage a war on drug trafficking.

We, therefore, urge the relevant authorities to help provide more incentives and benefits to drug enforcement officials to enable them do their work effectively and efficiently.

Once more, we thank the government and people of Germany for conducting the seminar.