Students of Bong County under the banner “Students Against Drugs” have petitioned the National Legislature, through the Bong Legislative Caucus to strengthen the drugs laws of the country to tackle illicit drugs abuse in Liberia.
Reading the petition statement on behalf of the group, a student of the Tripple A Academy, Justina Dumbar, called on the Legislature to speedily pass a bill, making drugs trafficking and illicit drugs abuse a non-billable offense.
“We are majority number of the population in Liberia, we can not watch our lives destroying without doing anything about so we need the attention of the government through the Legislature. Let’s do this together, let’s stop this age old situation by making a change in the law.”
Student Dumbar reminded the Lawmakers on how many young Liberians are falling prey to drugs addiction; something she believes is eating up the fabrics of the Liberian society.
Among other things, the students are recommending that; the government of Liberia launches a nationwide campaign against illicit drugs abuse, declare illicit drugs abuse a national emergency, and empower the LDEA.
In the proposed bill, seeking to strengthen the drugs laws, the students want security personnel involved with drugs abuse be sentenced to 35 years in prison, 30 years imprisonment for drug dealers and traffickers and 15 years for consumers.
Receiving the students’ petition, Bong County Senator Prince Moye, assured the students that their petition will be placed on the floor of the Senate for consideration on Thursday, May 13, 2021.
“As Lawmakers, we know how it feels for you as young people, a lot has been seen and heard about. I am going to take this very serious and very soon you will hear positive news about your request.”
Senator Moye vowed to ensure that the drugs laws be strengthened to curtail the menace of illicit drugs abuse in Liberia.