By Mammy Saidykhan
The Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia has commended Kantora Sami Women’s Charitable Association over their collaboration in the country’s fight against drugs.
Kantora Sami Women’s Charitable Association on Sunday held a day’s conference on the dangers of illicit drugs and related crimes. The conference was held in Tallinding.
Speaking at the conference, Lamin Gassama, the director of Intelligence and International Cooperation, applauded the initiative as this is the ‘first’ time they are partnering with a women group in the fight against drug abuse.
“To us, the programme is a landmark and unique direction in our quest to bridle drugs and related crimes from our communities. This is the first time in the annals of the agency that we are collaborating with a women’s group in our prevention [and] drug demand reduction program,” he said.
According to Gassama, there is a strong need to prevent the occurence of drugs and its related activities.
“Sensitizing people on the dangers and ills related to illicit drug trafficking and abuse, providing treatment and rehabilitation as well as harm reduction service to addict and alternative development,” he said.
“This shows clearly that battling drugs is a complex challenge that requires the use of multi skills, strategies and approach if progress is to be taken.”