3 March – Two Commissioners of the West Africa Commission on Drugs, Dr. Mary Chinery-Hesse (Ghana) and Mr. Adeolu Ogunrombi (Nigeria), visited Liberia from February 29th to March 4th.
They paid a courtesy call on President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf during which they briefed her on key findings and recommendations of the Commission’s report entitled Not Just in Transit: Drugs, the State, and Society in West Africa.
President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf said many Liberian youth are unemployed and uneducated as a result of the long-drawn war and tend to be vulnerable to the schemes of drug barons. Some are also drawn into drugs as a way of alleviating their pain and raising money to take care of their families. The people who should therefore be targeted for punishment are drug traffickers and not necessarily drug users who, in many instances, are just victims of circumstances beyond their control. She encouraged the WACD delegation…