By Amadou M Jadama
Friendship Zone Association in collaboration with the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency over the weekend sensitised the Students of Wellingara Lower Basic School on illegal drugs.
The event which was held at the school campus, brought together teachers, students and other members of the community.
Addressing the gathering Ousman Saidyba, public relations officer NDLEA, advised the students to focus on their education and to avoid drug dealers and their places.
“If you want to succeed in life you must follow the right path. Never allow any drug dealer to use you because if you are caught with drugs, you will be held accountable, and smoking it damages your health,” PRO Saidyba advised.
Jaye Jallow, secretary general of the Association in his presentation talked about the negative effects of drugs.
For his part Nfansu Marenah, the president of the Friendship Zone Association, said the Association comprises young Gambians who are ready to form a united front to embark on development activities in the country.
“The Association is a charitable and non profit making association having desired to mobilize resources through concerted efforts. Putting skills development, community services, peace building and unity among others,” he added.
He stressed that their association’s highest priority is to improve the welfare of youth, children and women and will be committed in complementing the efforts of the Government, “through establishing platforms to house various development programs in a bid to collectively address pertinent issues affecting the lives of the people and less privileged particularly the youth, children and women.”
Mr Marenah further revealed that their aim is to foster understanding and cordial relationship among the members of the Association and the youth of the country. “And create awareness among the younger generation to eradicate the challenges that the youth are facing.”