Over 5,000 substance across Montserrado County are poised to present their petition to the Liberian Leader on Monday, October 29, 2018 in Monrovia.
According to the head of the organizing team for this historic event, Reuben Bobby Logan, the event is been coordinated by the Liberia Chapter of the West Africa Network of CSOs on Substance Abuse in collaboration with the Association of Progressive Youth of Liberia and the Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development.
Mr. Logan stated that they have communicated with the Ministry of Justice, and the Office of the President to have a smooth and peaceful presentation of the petition by the substance users themselves.
The event will commence with a petition march from the Freeport of Monrovia to the President’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs Office on Capitol Hill, Mr. Logan stated.
Mr. Logan also stated that the March will see the distribution of drug prevention flyers and banners display and will comprise of over 5000 substance users and supporters.
The AYPL boss furthered that his organization in partnership with the Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development in April launched the Liberia Substance User Care & Support Program that seeks to provide care and support for drug users across Monrovia and its environs by providing feeding for the drug victims.
The Anti-drug campaigner stressed that many of the drug users have appealed for rehabilitation and are hopeful that the President of Liberia will listen to them and come to their aid by initiating a national drug rehabilitation program immediately.
Mr. Logan also stated that globally and regionally governments and policymakers have realized that the war on drug through arrest and incarceration has failed to address the problem. Therefore, stakeholders and policymakers have considered evidence-based drug prevention, rehabilitation, treatment and support for substance users thereby putting more enforcement and tougher punishment on trafficker and smugglers to address the drug problem.
For his part, the Executive Director of the Consolidated Youth for Peace & Development, James Koryor stated that the Government of Liberia should see the current drug problem among the youths as a national emergency and should address it as a public health issue considering human rights.
The COYPED Boss stressed that the need for a national drug rehabilitation program is long overdue and the timely intervention by the Weah’s Administration is needed and the time is now.
Koryor stated that the organizers are committed to hosting the Operation Restore Hope Petition March and Presentation under the theme “A Call to Action for Drug Rehabilitation Program in Liberia ACTION NOT WORDS”