Over 1400 residents of Cyanika and Kagogo sectors of Burera district have been equipped with skills of how identify and report drug traffickers and abusers in their area as Rwanda National Police continues the campaign against the vice.
Those trained are members of anti-drugs clubs; they were trained on September 14 and 15.
Burera is one of the routes for drug traffickers, especially illicit gin.
Speaking at the training, the Northern Region Police spokesperson, Inspector of Police (IP) Innocent Gasasira, said: “we need to put much efforts in identifying who are the traffickers and consumers are, the routes traffickers use and we collectively block these routes.”
“You can’t have development in a place with illicit substances; you should be part of fighting these substances.”
In his lecture to those that attended the training, IP Gasasira spoke at length about the physiological, social and economic effects of drug abuse saying that “abuse of drugs is costly for our society and places a burden on the economy and communities.”
“Drug abuse occurs most frequently among young people; It thus includes those who have entered or who are just about to enter the workforce, limiting their chances and affecting human resource."
Cyanika Executive Secretary, Faustin Kayitsinga reminded residents that; “there is usually a well-established link between low productivity, accidents and drug-consumption. Drug abusers in the workforce impose significant on-job risks, thus reducing competitiveness.”
Kayitsinga went on to thank the police for its continued efforts in fighting drug abuse in the area and pledged local leaders’ partnership in fighting the vice.