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Training on Special Drug Law Enforcement wraps up

Nov 3, 2010, 12:24 PM | Article By: Lamin B. Darboe

A five-day capacity building training on special drug law enforcement wrapped up recently at the Gambia Civil Aviation Authority conference hall at the airport in Yundum.

Four of the resource persons at the training came from the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau (MJIB) in Taiwan.

Over twenty participants drawn from the NDEA, the NIA, the GID, the GRA, the GCAA and GAF attended the training funded by the Republic of China on Taiwan.

In his speech on the occasion, the executive director of the National Drug Enforcement Agency (NDEA), Benedict Jammeh, said the training was a historic collaboration between his agency and the MJIB.

“As we mark the end of the training, we should also celebrate the excellent relationship that binds our two beloved nations and be frank to ourselves,” he said.

“The five-day training on Drug Law Enforcement Special Training course was a clear testimony that as drug enforcement institution, we are always in the process of learning about drugs and drug abusers.

“It is true that it is a learning process that will eventually give us the knowledge and skills that will make us responsive to the numerous challenges that characterise our job.”

He called on the participants to share the knowledge and skills gained at the training to their fellow colleagues who did not have the opportunity to attend the training so that a wider cross-section of their workforce would derive maximum benefit from the training.

The Deputy Ambassador of Taiwan to The Gambia, Harmane Chiu, said he was delighted at the successful hosting of the training, adding that the training had come to a close but it should also mark the beginning for the participants to empower themselves with more knowledge on drug issues.

“If you dedicate yourselves in fighting drug trafficking in The Gambia, I believe you will make a difference not only to yourselves but also to your societies in which you are living and your country in general,” he said.

“With earnest, start implementing the new skills you have gathered from this training without putting into consideration anything that is not in the interest of your country.”

As part of the closing ceremony, Deputy Ambassador Harmane Chiu presented field kits and a cheque for D131,000 to the NDEA to buy two computers and ten digital cameras.

Superintendent Bai Ebou Jallow of the NDEA delivered the vote of thanks on behalf of his fellow participants, while NDEA Public Relations Officer Abdoulie Ceesay chaired the ceremony.