The fight against the illegal trafficking of illicit into the country has and will still be a terrible battle to encounter as according to Liberia's Foreign Minister, Madam Olubanke King-Arkele, some big hands are involved in this.
With this, the Liberian diplomat maintained a call for concrete action by all stakeholders including government authorities and the community, especially women groupings, in tackling what has become a serious national security threat.
The former Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at a one-day mediation dialogue with women leadleaders from political parties, civil society organizations and the communities.
The dialogue was held under the flagship program: "The Women's Situation Room" (WSR) initiated by the Angie Brooks International Center (ABIC). It was held under the project title: "Sustainable and Inclusive Peace in Liberia through Promoting Women Leadership and Participation in Civic and Political Life and their Strengthened Role in Conflict Resolution."
"We are going to pick this up because it's a threat to the entire society. Some big hands in the country are brinhing in drugs and so we have to pick this up because this is about the future of this country. We have to form a task force that all women have to be involved," stated Madam Arkerele, who also served as Minister of Commerce and Industry during the regime of former President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
"I know I will be in the news again for saying this, but whosoever the cap fits, let him wear it. If you are the big hands, then fine; you are the ones I am referring to. But as I said, we cannot sit down, because this is the future of our country," she added.
Cllr. Yvette Chesson-Wureh, Establishment Coordinator of ABIC, like the former foreign minister, called for all hands on deck to tackle the trade of illegal drugs.
In this campaign, she believes that women need to play a leading role so as to get rid of drugs in the country.
The ABIC Coordinator craved on the Legislative branch of the Liberian government to make drugs transaction a non bailable offense for future deterrence.
"We must make issue non bailable because that's the only way the community can be secured," intoned Cllr. Chesson-Wureh.
Madam Comfort Minor, a participant at the occasion and member of WSR, : recommended the establishment of a home that will take care of already addicted young Liberians.
"We need a home where some psychologists will be assigned to work on these addicts. Our children are being destroyed. If we don't catch it now, we will miss a better future for our children," she urged.
Madam Maureen Shaw, also a participant, said there is an urgent need for a call for action national leaders to act now.
"We must come out with a position statement for a call of action or else we shall take long time discussing this," she maintained.