‘Drug Users are Gradually Overtaking Liberia’

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Players of Atletico Madrid (Melton Yoko far left).

…Says Victory Sports Academy President  

A month-long mob soccer tournament organized by a local online sports organization, Liberia Talksports, has kicked-off at the Sandy Field Sports Pitch in the ELBC Lover Street Community, Paynesville, Montserrado County.

In the opening game played on Saturday, February 13, Atletico Madrid whipped Liverpool 2 goals to zero. In continuation of the game on Saturday, February, 20 in Group B, Napoli will lock horn with Sevilla.

Speaking at the opening of the tournament, the President of a local Sporting institution, Victory Sports Academy, Melton Yoko, says the high-pitched users of drugs are gradually overtaking over Liberia.

According to Mr. Yoko, because of the increase in almost every community in Liberia, one can find at least over ten persons who are drug users; which does not augur well for the county as the sub-region is struggling to build it human development capacity.

He said as a result of the sharp increase in drug users amongst Liberians and foreign nationals, mainly the young people in recent times, Liberia has become dangerous as criminalities are on the rise every day in the various communities.

Mr. Yoko stressed that the issue of drug users throughout the country needs to claim the attention of everyone as it is growing from bad to worse on the daily basis. 

He indicated: “That is why the Liberian Government, partners, state actors, civil society organizations, traditional leaders, religious institutions (I mean churches and mosques), community leaders and parents need to join the fight against this creeping societal issue that is gradually engulfing our beloved country, Liberia”.

Mr. Yoko narrated that breaking down or destroying the many ghettoes across the country and arresting both the sellers and users without taking appropriate actions will not curtail the widespread of the practice amongst Liberians and foreign residents. 

The President of Victory Sports Academy further emphasized that if nothing is urgently and speedily done to adequately address the issue of drugs in the country, Liberia will within the next five years be a nation of drug addicted youth.

Speaking over the weekend in Paynesville at the kick-off of a month-long mob – soccer tournament organized by a local online sports body, Liberia Talksports, Mr. Yoko called on government and other institutions to prioritize rehabilitation.

He also praised Liberia Talksports Chief Coordinator, Jonathan O. Grigsby, Jr., and other young colleagues for organizing such sporting activities as a means of discouraging the use of harmful substances by young people.

Mr. Yoko then pledged his support to Liberia Talksports to work with them to organize a similar event in other communities to address the issue of drugs among young people.

Speaking earlier, Liberia Talksports Chief Coordinator, Jonathan O. Grigsby, Jr., termed the issue of drug as a serious societal problem that is now confronting Liberia, which according to him needs to be handled collectively.

Mr. Grigsby said if this issue is not addressed, he is afraid that the young people whom President William R. Tolbert termed as ‘Precious Jewelry,’ Liberia will have dormant future leaders. The tournament is under the theme:” Using Sports to Eliminate Drugs Abuse”.

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