The United States Government, through the international anti-drugs agency, has extended a training opportunity to at least five officers of the Liberia Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA).
The training exercise, according to a dispatch from DEA, is expected to be held in Accra, Ghana shortly.
Washington’s intervention comes in the wake of the passage and subsequent approval of the new anti-drug legislation by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, and members of the 53rd National Legislature, respectively.
The passage of the new anti-drug legislation is something that has made Liberia a compliant nation in line with the global fight against dangerous narcotics drugs and other harmful substances.
DEA Director-general, Anthony K. Souh, is quoted in the dispatch as urging the five officers to pay keen attention to their courses, so as to acquire the needed knowledge that would make them efficient in the fight against drug peddlers across the country.
Dr. Souh then praised Providence for His intervention, which he said, is steadily graduating the DEA from one level to the other, thereby shaping the dimension of the institution.
“There was need to praise God for the passage of the drug law, and its subsequent approval by the President,” something he described “an absolute political will” that will go a long way in protecting the future of the nation from drug-driven evils.
He said although the year 2014 was tedious and challenging, the DEA managed to achieve those fundamental things including anti-drug legislation and deployment of officers at the Roberts International Airport (RIA) etc., without which the meaning of DEA could not be defined.
He also called for uncompromising and concerted efforts from the officers of the institution, because according to him, the eyes of the public and the watching world are set to see the agency overcoming the drug culture and reducing social evils in a decisive manner.
He used the occasion to call for forgiveness, a firm team work and true spirit of loyalty to the state. “Forgive me if I ever offended you,” Director Souh appealed to his men.
“Let us disarm our hearts and minds of envy, gossip and wishful thinking and forge ahead so that all of us can be proud of the DEA,” he noted in a conciliatory voice.
Souh said the success of the DEA requires sharing opinions, creating the approximate dream and vision at all sectional levels.
He promised that those who work harder stand to reap the resultant benefit. He declared the year 2015 a “Year of Accountability.”
He said performance and not connection and favoritism will be the yard stick by which his administration will measure its officers.
“The goal of this institution is available for all of us to score. Therefore, I thank all of you who have the DEA at heart and are prepared to make the difference not in the interest of me as the Director, but in the supreme interest of the state and the international community, who expect more from us in the fight against drugs.