Twenty two officers from the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (LDEA) and Customs and Excise recently received certificates in Container Control following two weeks of intensive training at the LDEA headquarters in Sinkor, Monrovia.
The 20 LDEA and two Liberia Customs and Excise officers are assigned to the Liberia Revenue Authority (LRA).
The two-week training, according to LDEA Director, Anthony K. Souh, was sponsored by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) through the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.
UNODC is a global leader in the fight against illicit drugs and international crime. It was established in 1997 through a merger between the United Nations Drug Control Program and the Center for International Crime Prevention, while the INL, among other things, works to keep citizens safe by countering international crime, illegal drugs and instability.
Director Souh urged the officers to make maximum use of the knowledge they have acquired during the training.
He admonished the officers to work along with their customs counterparts in order to achieve government’s objective to make Liberia a drug free nation.
INL assigned advisor to the LDEA, Ronald Fleming, also called on the officers to put into best practice what they acquired from the training. He assured the LDEA that he would continue to solicit more international assistance for the agency.
Those who facilitated the training workshop were Edmund Landy, who works with UNODC Regional Headquarters in Dakar, Senegal, and Gerhard Relief, from the World Customs Organization, with assignment in Brussels, Belgium.
On behalf of his colleagues, Abraham O. Payne commend UNODC, INL and the LDEA authorities for the training, but expressed the need for more opportunities and logistical support to the LDEA.