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Stop Trafficking of Illicit Weapons and Drugs

Jul 17, 2009, 5:45 AM

We wish to add our voice to the recent comments of the Minister of Interior on the sharp increase in drug trafficking, proliferation and trafficking of illicit weapons across borders. It is naturally true that it is a very serious cause for concern.

The security and stability of our communities should be everybody's concern, if we want to advance and improve.

Its clear, even to the meanest intelligent, that small arms and light weapons have become weapons of mass destruction in today's armed conflicts across the globe.

Every effort should be employed towards removing illegal arms and preventing their misuse, abuse and trafficking for a better and unharmed society that will enjoy an unobstructed normal and peaceful life.

For the case of trafficking and abuse, with the advent of the unknown before, attacking and robbing people, something earnest needs to be done in order to curb the threatening trend.

How sorrowful to see your son a drug addict, the price of which is slowly but surely destroying many of our youthful populace. Drug and alcoholism have undoubtedly taken their toll on the life and limb of Gambian youths. It has destroyed many youths, most of whom if not being alcoholic or drug addicts, would have been well-established personalities in society.

However, one thing that the populace should understand is that all should be ready, regardless of political inclination, to collaborate with the police and the NDEA to have an effective police-community relationship with a view to eliminate all evil vices in our community.

We encourage the police and NDEA to continue the hard work, not to stop over their alertness and efforts to arrest proliferation and trafficking of illicit weapons and drug related activities in this small but country of morality.

The saying: "Not, I'll, carrion comfort, Despair, not feast on thee; Not untwist - slack they may be - these last strands of man in me or, most weary, cry I can no more. I can; Can something, hope, wish day come, not choose not to be."