By: Abraham K. Kollie (Margibi County Correspondent)
The Center for Justice and Peace Studies has ended a one day dialogue on drugs and substance abuse with stakeholders and law enforcers in Margibi County.
The daylong training brought together community leaders, heads of youth groups as well as members of the Liberia National Police (LNP) and the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA).
Speaking to our correspondent at the end of the occasion Mr. Joseph D. Howard, executive director of the Center for Justice and Peace Studies said, the training was intended to dialogue and stimulate community leaders, the youthful populace on collective actions against the proliferation and consumption of illegal drugs in the communities.
So far, the issue of illegal drugs in Liberia is on a rapid increase with young people mostly affected.
Mr. Howard speaking at the opening of the occasion noted that the fight against drugs and substance abuse in Liberia is everybody’s business, as such he encouraged community leaders and stakeholders to get fully involve in said campaign.
“Our objective of this daylong initiative is to inform our community leaders and stakeholders including joint security about their engagement in the fight against illegal drugs in Liberia” Howard noted.
The CJPS boss further asserted that action points developed at the dialogue specified the role of each stakeholder in the implementation of fight against unlawful drugs.
He also disclosed that his institution will continue to work with community leaders and stakeholders especially the Liberia Drugs Enforcement Agency (LDEA) in combating illegal drugs and narcotics substance across Liberia.
“As part of our responsibilities, we will work with different CSOs across the country to ensure that the issue of illegal drugs are minimize in our country” He added.
The Center for Justice and Peace Studies has its net stops in Gbarnga and Ganta.
Also speaking in separate remarks, participants lauded CJPS for the lessons learned.
They vowed to ensure that the knowledge and skills acquired at the dialogue will be used by them in the fight against drugs and substance abuse in their respective communities.
The daylong intensive training was held on Thursday, 14 October at Kakata, Margibi County.