Speaking recently at the 82nd graduation ceremony of the Elizabeth Crawford Memorial High School (ECMHS) over the weekend in Monrovia, the ANC SG said the use of drugs has caused the destruction and disconnection of youth from reaching their full potential.
He narrated that the potentials of youth especially students of the country have been reduced due to the proliferation of drugs and the high incidence of drug abuse across the country.
“DEA is less empowered due to legal constraint and we can hope to see the full finalization of the Drug and Substance Control Curriculum drafted by the Ministry of Education,” Swen said.
In addition, he mentioned that it was expedient and a matter of national priority that well-meaning Liberians speak to these kinds of issues as a means to call on the government to consider the use of drugs by young people as national security concern.
According to him, “the Legislative Committee on Youth and Sports should see it befitting and a matter of national security to pass the National Youth Act”.
“If we, as a nation, have ever relented in any national duty, then it is time we truly uphold our pride for a better country and prosperous future by passing the National Youth Act and give back Liberia’s hope by showing to the youth that they are our most valuable assets,” Swen urged.
He noted further that it was necessary the government reinvents the wheel by securing school as zone of peace where the environment and students will be absolutely free from access to drugs and substances.
“I hope that vigorous policies and programs will be timely developed and administered to ensure that ghettos, night clubs, bars and drinking spots are distant from school environment as it will help curtail emerging generation easy access to drug and dangerous substances,” he pointed out.
“When we fail to uplift these societal nightmares that hurt you, our family and livelihood as a community, this nation will never see greatness,” Swen noted, adding that it is a priority of choice that Liberians become citizens of good health, moral, empowered and productive.
He said the persistence of the school administration has led the ECMHS to where it is today as it has produced people of good moral rectitude who are serving in various capacities in the society.
Meanwhile, Swen reaffirmed the commitment of the ANC political leader Alexander B. Cummings who has assured that he will work with the school’s administration in the fulfillment of its project.