By Amadou M Jadama
In line with their mandate, the Friendship Zone Association on Friday spearheaded a sensitisation campaign on illicit drugs in Sinchu Baliya Upper Basic School in the West Coast Region.
Addressing the students, Yassin A Ndimballan, the assistant public relations officer of Drug Law Enforcement Agency of The Gambia, explained that DLEAG was established in 2010 to deal with public on illicit drugs and drug trafficking.
“This was mandated by Drug Control Act mandated to sensitize, educate the general public particularly the youth about the dangers and effects of drug abuse and trafficking.”
She added that those who are selling illicit drugs do more harm to the smokers and smokers also do more harm to the society.
She advised the students to do away with drugs and to concentrate on their education.
Jaye Jallow, secretary general of the Association, who spoke on behalf of the president Nfansu Marena, said the Association in collaboration with the donor agencies and development partners “will be committed in complementing the efforts of the Government of the Gambia, through establishing platforms ideal to have various development programs, in a bid to collectively address pertinent issues affecting the lives of the people endless privilege particularly the youth, Children and women he asserted.”
According to him, the Association, among other activities will also create linkages with similar associations, societies and organizations.
Ousman J Bah, the coordinator of the Association in his presentation on the negative effects of illicit drugs, said drugs cause slow heart rate and breathing, seizures, coma, death, lower body temperature, euphoria, drowsiness, memory loss, exited and aggressive behaviour.
Jallow advised the students to do away with illicit drugs, adding that, it would not give them anything only to perish their lives.