The Consolidated Youth for Peace and Development (COYPED) has called on everyone to join effort in combating drug abuse in the country.Speaking last Friday at a program marking the celebration of International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit trafficking held at the Y.M.C.A on Broad Street, James Koryor, COYPED Executive Director urged the government and stakeholders in the drug sector to save the younger generation from getting involved with harmful substances.Koryor underscored the need for young people to distance themselves from drugs. He disclosed that “a huge percentage of the young people have been affected by drug use in the country.”He called on the government to carve policies and deterrent measures for users and importers of drugs into the Liberia.He wants the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to partner with youth and advocacy organizations to intensify the campaign against drug abuse and illicit trafficking.The keynote speaker, a representative of Senator Jewel Howard Taylor, Titus Charley, noted that drug abuse has made young Liberians hopeless and created serious impediment to social, economic, cultural and political life of the country.Mr. Charley stressed that Liberia continues to suffer due to the constant usage of drugs by young people, who supposed to be future leaders.He mentioned that prevention starts with parents, and they are under obligation to ensure that the kids do not take drugs, tobacco or alcohol, and they should start to talk and listen to their kids, and help them to make good choices and friends.For his part, Assistant Information Minister, Albert K. Jaja, pointed out that the fight against drug abuse should be collective.He noted that the fight requires the disclosure of the hideouts of drug traders, and a strong drug law that prohibits or bars the usage of drug in the country.At the event, the Assistant Minister for Youth Development at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Lance Gbagonyon mentioned that the government needs to intensify the fight against drug abuse to create a secure and safe society.Also, the vice president of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Jallah Grayfield, said drug abuse hinders the growth and development of young people.He called on the media to join the fight against drug abuse by airlifting stories and articles on the effects of drugs in the country.The event brought together hundreds of students and youths, who were told about the harmful effects of drugs in Liberia.The students were also taught about their roles and responsibilities in the combat against drug and they were encouraged by panellists to desist from the harmful use of drug. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
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Battle of the Banks…GBTI pulled off a 13-run win against Scotiabank when the two companies clashed on Friday last at the GBTI Recreational Centre in Bel Air Park, Georgetown.Playing under lights, GBTI Captain Mohan Balram won the toss and opted to bat. Eventually, a target a target of 55 was set, and the visitors were restricted to 41, taking to e advantage of home conditions by batting first.Team GBTI seemed distracted on familiar conditions, as the batsmen showed signs of intimidation, which resulted in three run outs within the first four overs.Despite wickets falling at the other end, opening batsman Ramesh Sookram (14) stayed firm, as he was joined by captain Mohan Balram (16), who came in and settled the innings. David Mohamed entered next and supported well with 14 as the side end up with 54 from the allotted 12 overs.The standout bowler for Scotiabank was Parmeshwar “Andy” Budhu, who took 3-9.Scotiabank’s attempt to overhaul GBTI’s score did not go so well, as they were greeted with some hostile fast bowling from Mohamed.The top order was further derailed by two (2) excellent run outs from Bhesham Persaud and wicketkeeper Devon Powley.A late surge from Binsaud Baksh and Ravi De Souza threatened to take the game away, but in the end, GBTI’s bowling proved to be too hot to handle, as Scotia Bank ended well short when the overs expired.Baksh top scored for Scotia with 23, while Balram’s 1-2 earned him the Player-of-the-Match award.